Leon Britton suggests this Liverpool star could make surprise return to former club

The Swansea City midfielder has hinted that Joe Allen could make a surprise return to the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea City midfielder Leon Britton has hinted to talkSPORT that Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen could be tempted to make a surprise return to the Liberty Stadium, according to quotes published by the South Wales Evening Post.

Allen left the Swans for Anfield in 2012 when he was signed by his former manager Brendan Rodgers in a deal worth a reported £15 million.

However, the 25-year-old has struggled to hold down a first-team spot in the side in his three-and-a-half years at the club, and was the subject of criticism during last season for some of his performances.

After not being selected for a Premier League game between mid-October and early December, the Welsh international has enjoyed a run of games in the side of late under Jurgen Klopp.

However, with his current contract coming to an end in less than 18 months' time, Britton has suggested that he would not be surprised to see the midfielder return to his boyhood club.

Britton told talkSPORT, as quoted by the South Wales Evening Post: "He's a fantastic player, Joe, and one of the only in my time [at Swansea] that have come through the youth system and gone on to perform really well in the first team.

"He's maybe had a bit of a tough time at Liverpool with some of the fans, but he's played well recently. He's a very good player.

"I know he misses Swansea and home so it'll be interesting to see what happens because I know his contract's running out."

Allen made his debut for Swansea in League One and was an integral part of the side in the Championship which gained promotion to the Premier League in 2011.

After an impressive first campaign in the top flight he was signed by his former boss Rodgers but has so far struggled to reach quite the same heights as in his time in South Wales.

However, there were calls from Liverpool supporters for the midfielder to be awarded a new contract last month when he came on as a substitute to score a last-gasp equaliser in the 3-3 draw with Arsenal at Anfield.

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