Liverpool's Joe Allen warms up before the match
Swansea City manager Francesco Guidolin is said to be a big admirer of Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen, according to the South Wales Evening Post, as the Swans continue to be linked with a move to bring the Wales international back to the Liberty Stadium.
Allen has one year remaining on his contract at Liverpool and his future remains pretty uncertain as Jurgen Klopp looks set to make his own additions to the squad ahead of his first full season in charge of the Reds. There are indications that Allen's future could depend on who Klopp manages to bring into to the club.
Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin
So far, there has been little movement on offering Allen any form of a new deal. Swansea retain an interest in the player who they sold to Liverpool for £15 million in the summer of 2012.
The South Wales Evening Post said that Swansea tried to sign the 26-year-old back in January - when Liverpool rejected any offer of a loan deal, and wanted £10 million for any permanent move.
Joe Allen celebrates with Jordon Ibe after scoring the first goal for Liverpool
It was widely tipped for Brendan Rodgers to be appointed manager at the Liberty Stadium but Allen is said to be more inclined to a move back to the Liberty Stadium now Rodgers will not be the manager there as it was suggested he was one of the favourites of the former Liverpool boss at Anfield.
It will be interesting to see just what happens with Allen's future, as he put in several good individual performances since Klopp's arrival on Merseyside.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp
There has been plenty of talk as to whether he is the kind of midfielder that Jurgen Klopp wants - in whether he's big enough or imposing enough to have a big role in the side going forward.
He certainly has something to offer, but one doubts that he will want to stick around at Liverpool if he isn't getting some kind of regular football, and no playing time next season means that could be limited.