Reds reject enquiry for midfielder
The Reds have reportedly dismissed an enquiry from Swansea City to take their former midfielder Joe Allen back to the Liberty Stadium.
Having sold ex-Red Jonjo Shelvey to Newcastle last week for a fee approaching £12m, the Swans were hoping to secure a deal to take the 25 year old Welshman back to the club where he began his career but they have been rebuffed by Jurgen Klopp.
With his team still competing on four fronts and games coming thick and fast, the German is reluctant to allow anybody to leave in this transfer window, but may be more receptive to a deal at the end of the season for a player who has not been a regular and has made just one Premier League start since Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers.
Allen has been in good form of late, following up a man of the match display at Stoke in the Capital One Cup by coming off the bench to score a last minute equaliser against Arsenal at Anfield a week ago, but he appears to be fighting a losing battle to win over Klopp and is currently behind Lucas, Emre Can, Jordan Henderson and James Milner for a place in midfield.
Tentative talks over a new contract appear to have been shelved since the arrival of Klopp and Allen recently spoke of the uncertainty he is feeling over his Anfield future.
“That is something which has gone very quiet.” he said of the contract talks. “I am not too sure really. I have made only one league start this season and I want to play more, I think that is obvious for any player in that situation."
“From my point of view it is about knuckling down, doing my job and giving my best, which I always do.”
Allen’s transfer value is probably at it’s highest now as come the summer he will have just one year left on his deal, but Klopp has to weigh that up against the possibility of being left short should any of his first choice midfield players require resting or pick up an injury.