In From The Fringes - Joe Allen

In From The Fringes - Joe Allen

"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 …
Joe Allen: From Xavi to Iniesta

Joe Allen: From Xavi to Iniesta

Pirlo hair. Alonso beard. Welcome to the 5ft 6 enigma that is Joe Allen. Arriving at Liverpool FC three years ago, he was hailed as our catalyst for the tiki-taka, death-by-football programme. Now, he is viewed with – at best – indifference or – at worst – contempt. What happened? Over the last three seasons a culmination of injuries, squad rotations and changes in playing style left Allen both short of game-time and a clear idea of what was demanded …
Joe ‘Welsh Xavi’ Allen: The solution to LFC’s midfield problems?

Joe ‘Welsh Xavi’ Allen: The solution to LFC’s midfield problems?

2013/2014 season, for Liverpool fans, has been a roller-coaster ride with the brilliance of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez in the goal scoring department while Liverpool’s midfield has been exposed quite a lot this season by teams ranked below us. Joe Allen, playing with Lucas Leiva and Jordan Henderson in the middle 3, dominated the opposition midfield and injected some extra dynamism into the team. This combination worked much better than the Gerrard-Lucas pairing . Games against Tottenham, Manchester City …
Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen: The Dynamic Duo

Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen: The Dynamic Duo

Partnerships. Throughout the history of Liverpool Football Club, there have been many. Keegan and Toshack, Rush and Dalglish, McDermott and Souness, Aldridge and Beardsley, Fowler and Collymore, Hyypiä and Henchoz, Alonso and Mascherano, Gerrard and Torres, and of course the latest affiliation between Suarez and Sturridge. These combinations were/are at the heart of the success of their respective sides, and to look at the great European outfits, a similar pattern emerges. However, there is one possible pairing beginning to take …
Why Reintroducing Joe Allen Could Be Vital For Liverpool’s Season

Why Reintroducing Joe Allen Could Be Vital For Liverpool’s Season

You’d be doing well to find a Liverpool supporter out there who doesn’t have a strong opinion on midfielder Joe Allen. He is definitely one of the most divisive players currently on Liverpool’s playing roster. Some think he’s a complete waste of space and that he doesn't supply much more than his “back and sides” nickname suggests (a nickname of poor taste I might add). However, many fans can see beyond the cold hard statistics that many people take as …