Jan Molby comments on Joe Allen's Liverpool future

Allen has struggled to regular game time for the Reds recently, but has found his scoring touch on his last two outings.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby believes that Joe Allen's future is up in the air and his performances between now and the end of the season will be the key to whether he stays at Anfield or not.

Allen has enjoyed a good couple of weeks for the Reds having starred in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final against Stoke City, as well as coming up with two goals in his past two games - with differing degrees of importance. 

Molby thinks the spotlight has been focussed a lot on Allen since his £15 million arrival from Swansea City in 2012, but the Dane is glad the Swans' loan request to take the Welshman back has been refused.

In his Liverpool Echo column, Molby said: "Joe Allen has had a good week at Anfield, with two goals in two games. It's difficult to say on what the future holds for him, though.

"He's mobile, he's good with the ball, but sometimes you wish he would play with a bit more risk in his passing.

"Obviously his career here is up in the air but it was good for him Liverpool refused to let him go to Swansea. He'll get chances between now and the end of the season to impress and keep his career here alive.

"If Allen doesn't remain here, there wont be a shortage of good teams to take him, that's for sure.

"He's been unlucky here. He was expected to play a role that wasn't him. I don't mean in terms of his position or tactical instructions, but the personality he was expected to have."

Molby has commented that Allen is a quiet player but there has been a change in his role ever since Jurgen Klopp was appointed as manager.

For most of the time since his arrival, Allen has been playing in a deeper role but Klopp has opted to play him further forward and the Reds have seen some of his best football.

He has admitted that talks of a new contract have gone quiet - with his current deal expiring at the end of next season - and has wanted to get his head down to try and earn himself a new deal at the club. 

Allen has also yet to hold down a regular place in the Liverpool team but Klopp seems to think he is reasonable cover, and has been keen to save him from some exertion at times. All Allen can do is continue to keep up his recent performances, and continue to chip in with goals.

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