He’s been linked with an Anfield switch as Brendan Rodgers looks to add another creative and attacking player to his squad ahead of the new Premier League campaign, to give Liverpool a better chance of a shot at the top four.
However, his decision to stay with his current side is not all bad news, it can even be considered good news in the eyes of two current Liverpool players who may have felt their positions were under threat.
“I’m happy that my name is linked to big clubs, as it reflects on the work I’ve done at Verona. Will I stay? That’s a good question, but yes, I am staying,” said Jorginho.
Henderson performed admirably over the second half of last season to prove that he can be a very effective midfielder for Liverpool but in the case of Allen, he was never able to get over that early inconsistency due to injury.
The pair of them are not bad central midfielders at all, it’s just a case of Rodgers finding a way into the team for them because the trio of Lucas, Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho hold all of the aces at the moment in terms of team selection.
Jorginho would have only threatened Allen and Henderson’s chances of making first team appearances because his presence in the squad would have simply created more competition and potentially more problems.
In that sense it may even have turned out to be a pointless signing for Liverpool because there are other areas of the midfield that need improvement, with the central areas well populated at the moment.
Allen and Henderson have everything ahead of them and they will have a chance to prove they can nail down one of those central roles, because Rodgers has proven that he will give younger players and all players in his first team squad a chance to impress.
Gerrard in particular is not going to be able to play every single game this coming season because his age means his recovery time between games will be longer.
That should dispel any myths that Allen and Henderson have that they won’t get first team chances because there are going to be gaps appearing in the first team, which will give them a chance to step in and cement their first team place.
They’re undoubtedly under pressure but the fact that they don’t have an extra body to compete against, just to get into the first team is undoubtedly a positive for them both.
Who do you think will have a bigger role to play at Liverpool? Allen or Henderson?