Ian Rush comments on Joe Allen's Liverpool future

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Ian Rush would hate to see Joe Allen leave Liverpool, but says the Welshman is frustrated under Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool legend Ian Rush has admitted to Wales Online that he is worried resurgent midfielder Joe Allen will leave the club after being "frustrated" over a lack of game time.

The 26-year-old appears to have improved quite a bit since Jurgen Klopp replaced manager Brendan Rodgers in October, though first-team opportunities remain scarce for the Wales international.

Allen has started three Premier League games this season - all three coming under Klopp - and speculation has mounted that Watford could swoop for him this summer, according to The Guardian.

Writing for Wales Online, Rush claims that the former Swansea City man - who has started eight Europa League outings - is irked by a perceived lack of faith from the German manager, but admits he would hate to see him leave Merseyside during the off season.

"Joe’s frustrated by not being in the team. I’ve seen a lot of players who are happy on the bench, but the thing with Joe Allen is he’s not happy doing that," he told Wales Online. "If he’s not happy then he might well want to move on.

"I think he can do a great job for Liverpool. When he came on against Northern Ireland, that was the difference.

"I’ve noticed the last few times he’s played for Liverpool, he’s getting in scoring positions and getting the odd goal, which he hasn’t done before. The Euros will be big for him, to prove that he should be playing every week. For me, I hope that’s for Liverpool."

Allen seems to be playing a more advanced role under Klopp than he did for Rodgers - who spent a reported £15 million on him in 2012 (The Mail) - and he certainly has proven himself a very useful squad player after it seemed like the jury was out on him.

Consequently, some Liverpool fans might be reluctant to see the back of him without knowing for sure he is destined to remain a mere squad player, and that is relatively uncertain at the moment.

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