Why Joe Allen rejected Liverpool's number six shirt

Liverpool's Joe Allen warms up before the match

The Liverpool midfielder did not want to fuel further comparisons with a certain player.

Liverpool's Joe Allen warms up before the match

According to The Mail, Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen rejected the chance to wear the club's number six shirt in an effort to quell the tongue-in-cheek comparisons with Barcelona legend Xavi, who wore the same number.

The 26-year-old has often been labelled a Welsh Xavi in an affectionate way after then-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers introduced him as that following his £16 million switch to Anfield four years ago.

Joe Allen scores the first goal for Liverpool

In a bid to disassociate himself from the legendary Spanish midfielder, The Mail have claimed that Allen later snubbed the opportunity to wear the Reds' number six.

He may not be Xavi, or even Pirlo, but Allen is a talented midfielder who has really come to life since Jurgen Klopp replaced Rodgers on Merseyside.

Watford's Mario Suarez in action with Liverpool's Joe Allen and Philippe Coutinho

For so long he looked like a waste of money following his move from Swansea City, but Allen, whose contract expires next summer, looks to be one of the players who the German has massively improved.

That being said, it remains to be seen if the Wales international - who is gearing up to represent his country at Euro 2016 - will be offered a new deal. If not, he'll have no shortage of suitors based on his performances this calendar year.

Liverpool's Joe Allen celebrates scoring their first goal

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