Joe Allen could have a big decision to make over his Liverpool future in the summer

Allen's future looks likely to be discussed in the summer, but if he is given the option to stay or go he has a few things to consider.

Joe Allen may have said he is happy to wait until the summer to sort out his future, but it looks as if there is going to be a real choice before him ahead of the next campaign...if he is given one.

The Welshman's contract expires at the end of next season, and although he may not be the first name on the team sheet, he has shown during the second half of the season that he does have a role to play for the Reds, even if it does not give him superstar status.

There could be the opportunity for him to be one of the first names on the team sheet at another club - but where are they going to be in the league standings? Watford have reportedly shown interest, according to the Guardian, while there are the usual links of a possible move back to Swansea City. 

Allen told the Liverpool Echo that things are being put off to the summer, saying: “I can’t say there have been any changes on that.

“The manager has said that between now and the end of the season it’s not the right time to talk about those things. I think that works out well for everyone.”

Of course, a lot could depend on the transfer plans of manager Jurgen Klopp.

Marko Grujic will arrive in the summer from Red Star Belgrade - adding further competition to the central midfield area - while there are several younger midfield players knocking on the door and looking for the odd first-team opportunity themselves.

If Liverpool are in four competitions next season, judging by the vast amount of selection changes made by the manager he will want a big squad with plenty of quality and experience.

Allen may not be the preferred central midfielder, but he has shown in his role that he has a tremendous effect on the side both from the bench and in the short turnaround in games, and when you factor in injuries it is not inconceivable he could play over 30 games a season for the next few years. This season he has made 34 appearances. Is he going to play much more lower down the league? One doubts it, even if he is a regular in the starting XI.

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