Putting aside the fact he’s been injured since the middle of March, Allen has struggled to have the impact he would have been hoping for on the Liverpool team in his first season at the club.
The reasons for that are a little confusing because technically he is a top quality player, with everything that Brendan Rodgers seems to be looking for in his younger players as he builds his current team at Anfield.
His size has been a factor because opposition teams seemed to target him at the start of the season as someone who could be dominated in the midfield, almost overrun and not able to cope with the strength and power physically.
However, the same could be said about Jordan Henderson in his first year with the club and he’s become one of the most important midfielders for the club in Allen’s absence.
The main message here is that Allen needs time to adjust and time to learn how to play effectively in this current side with his skill set.
He made 21 starts and six sub appearances for the side last season and every indication points towards the fact he would have been used more had he not picked up an injury, which ended his season.
He was also playing better just before that injury, so Rodgers could well have missed out on his best form meaning the lingering views of his performances from the start of the campaign are still around.
He’s seemingly missed that chance to show Liverpool fans that he is good enough to mix it alongside Henderson, Steven Gerrard, Lucas and Philippe Coutinho.
The view among Liverpool supporters at the moment seems to be that it wouldn’t be a big loss if a club put a decent offer on the table for him this summer, even if Liverpool had to axe him at a loss.
However, that would be extremely harsh and considering the relationship between Allen and Brendan Rodgers, it seems very unlikely, especially as Rodgers had to go back on an agreement with Swansea City to sign him in the first place.
The best approach to take with Allen is a logical and common sense point of view. He’s only 23-years-old and he’s only played a handful of games for the club.
He was in a side where everyone was struggling at the start of the season and a side which didn’t compliment his best game and he was robbed of the chance to prove his consistency through injury.
He’ll be a superb squad player next season and beyond because he retains possession and does the simple things well, which seems to be two of the main components Rodgers is looking for from this current side.
A fee of £15 million is a lot for just a squad player but then that’s under what Liverpool paid for Henderson, who was in the same position at the start of the year.
Has Allen been a success? What do you expect from him next season?
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