By Keith Cross
“You’d think he was a Spanish player, a real European player. I would have paid many more millions for this kid,”- Brendan Rodgers on signing Joe Allen
Once described as the Welsh Xavi, Joe Allen is one of a few players to see their chances diminished since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp.
Although Allen has failed to light the Kop on fire since his £15 million move from Swansea, he has proven himself to be a good hand when needed over the years. However despite a few good runs in the side, injuries have affected his momentum time and time again, so it is little wonder that he now plays second fiddle to Can, Henderson, Lucas and even young Rossiter.
Joe Allens performance against Bordeaux on Thursday evening was a typical Allen type performance. The Welshman is great at keeping the ball and playing a simple pass. He was very tenacious in his pressing, trying to prove to Klopp that he can Gegenpress just as his peers. But as with all Joe Allen performances, errors were all too familiar. For such a technically gifted footballer, he is very error prone which leaves many fans scratching their heads as to why he gives the ball away. A perfect example was in the second half, when under no pressure, he tried to play the ball back to Mignolet with a frail pass, putting the team under unnecessary pressure and almost handing Bordeaux and equaliser.
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