John Hartson reacts on Twitter to Joe Allen's Liverpool exit

Liverpool's Joe Allen

John Hartson and Stan Collymore have reacted to Joe Allen's move to Stoke City.

Liverpool's Joe Allen in actionJoe Allen in action for Liverpool

Liverpool confirmed the departure of midfielder Joe Allen on Monday evening, with the Welshman heading over to join Premier League rivals Stoke City.

Allen, 26, had been with Liverpool for almost four years, after Brendan Rodgers brought the midfielder with him from Swansea City back in 2012.

Liverpool's Joe Allen warms up before the match

A cult hero for many at Anfield, Allen's commitment and passing ability in the middle of the park, but he appeared to be behind the likes of Jordan Henderson and Emre Can in the pecking order, and having starred for Wales at Euro 2016, it's little surprise to see him move on for first-team football.

Allen will now be playing for Stoke City - managed by Welshman Mark Hughes - in what appears to be a superb coup for the Potters, with the deal costing £13m according to The Guardian.

Liverpool's Joe Allen

After Allen's move to Stoke, former Welsh international John Hartson took to Twitter to offer his opinion on the move, and believes it's a shame that Allen's career never really took off at Liverpool having been so highly rated at Swansea City.

Hartson also believes that, after Allen was 'outstanding' at Euro 2016, Stoke have secured a superb deal, signing a 'very good player'.

Liverpool's Joe Allen celebrates scoring their first goal

Another pundit, former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore also took to Twitter, claiming it was a pity that Liverpool sold Allen, but could be a star player for Stoke if given the opportunity to play as he did for Wales at the European Championships.

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