Coleman: This Liverpool man is an underappreciated star

Chris Coleman believes there is one Liverpool player who is underappreciated in comparison to his teammates.

Chris Coleman is currently Wales boss, and after leading them to victory over Israel he told the Liverpool Echo that one star is crucial to their success - Joe Allen.

“Joe is a great player,” Coleman said. “He was magnificent. He’s so important to the way we want to play, stopping attacks, linking our defensive play, linking to forwards.

“We speak about Gareth [Bale] and Rambo [Aaron Ramsey] because they’re great players, but Joe and the job he does for us is crucial.”

Due to his slow start at Anfield, and his fairly reserved style of play, it is no surprise that Allen is often underappreciated in relation to his more flashy stars. At Liverpool, he has had to cope in a midfield with key man Steven Gerrard, and Jordan Henderson, who is frequently praised for his work ethic.

Similarly, with Wales, the 25-year-old has to put up with Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey as the two showy key stars, and his work in the middle of the park goes unnoticed, despite it being the vital cog in the workings of the team.

A precise passer with a great reading of the game, Allen is the archetypal Brendan Rodgers player, and it was no surprise to see him take the midfielder to Liverpool with him from Swansea.

After a few slow seasons, he has started to show more and more impressive performances on a consistent basis, and it is no surprise that he is starting to win the accolades that have been long coming.

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