Reds fans have reacted following the news that Allen will start the Merseyside derby.
Not only were Daniel Sturridge and Mamadou Sakho on the bench, but there was a first start since August for Joe Allen.
A shoulder operation back in March, followed by a hamstring injury at the start of this season, has robbed the former Swansea man of plenty of game-time, but he was chosen to start arguably the fiercest derby in English football (although plenty of fans may disagree with that particular statement).
Up until today, the 23-year-old had played just 35 minutes of league football all season. So it is quite an ask for him to compete against a midfield of Ross Barkley, Steven Pienaar, Garth Barry and James McCarthy who will be fiercely contesting every ball.
Then again, maybe Rodgers knows exactly what he is doing...only time will tell.
Following the announcement of the team-sheets, we took to Twitter to see what the Liverpool and Everton fans thought of the inclusion of Allen.
The results were interesting, not too complimentary to the player, and some of them can be found below:
Joe Allen...JOE ALLEN is in the STARTING XI for the derby #Punchline— Ben Brown (@benbrown_9) November 23, 2013
Mad throwing joe allen in from the start in a game like today, an I'd rather start flanno than cissokho, put mirallas in stanley park lake— Robert McTigue (@robertmctigue) November 23, 2013
Flanagan will do a job at full-back. Joe Allen on the other hand has a lot more to prove!— Jordan Miller (@MillerJordan11) November 23, 2013
That's a good switch, sturridge picks up a knock so we replace him with Joe Allen.— Dan Littler (@dan_WithaBigD) November 23, 2013
I'm sorry but why is joe allen in the starting 11 and flanagan for that matter— Hannah Shore (@noddy99shore) November 23, 2013
Many of us won't agree to joe Allen starting today but am glad he's starting!— Josh O'carroll (@jocarroll94) November 23, 2013
How do people rate Joe Allen? He should have been a rugby player #CantPassForward— Ian Walsh (@Ian_Walsh32) November 23, 2013
2 strong teams! Not so sure about Joe Allen tho.. Id be playing Moses instead #MersysideDerby— Brandon Browne (@BuzzBrowne) November 23, 2013
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