Chris Coleman suggests why Joe Allen has struggled to impress for Liverpool

Joe Allen has never lived up to his reputation as a Liverpool player.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Chris Coleman has explained why Liverpool’s fans have never been that impressed by Joe Allen, despite his impressive performances for the Welsh national team.

Coleman said: “I think when he went to Liverpool for £15 million, certain people expected a different type of player. But he’s very simple in his game, he keeps it simple, he breaks play up and just makes the easiest pass. But he keeps possession for his team, and for us he’s been absolutely magnificent.”

Allen moved to Liverpool in the summer of 2012, moving with Brendan Rodgers from Swansea to Anfield.

He was a big money signing, considering his young age and lack of top class experience, and has never truly lived up to what was expected of him on Merseyside.

However, Coleman believes the 25-year-old has not been a failure, and has simply been doing his usual job for the side - playing 99 times in his reserved manner.

This style of play - keeping possession and playing simple passes - means that Allen never takes the headlines, and it is his lack of game winning ability which has Liverpool fans doubting him, as stats-wise, he has not lived up to the price tag which brought him to Merseyside.

Allen has always impressed when playing under Coleman for the Welsh national team, and he was a central part of the side who qualified for Euro 2016, only missing games when he was out injured.

It remains to be seen if Allen is in the plans of Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, but if he is not, the Welshman’s contribution during his time with the Reds should not go forgotten.

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