When Swansea sold ex-Red Jonjo Shelvey to Newcastle United late last week, one possibility that was raised by rumour mongers across England was that the struggling Swans could use the funds to bring midfielder Joe Allen back to Wales.
The now 25-year-old midfielder joined Liverpool from Swansea in a £15M deal in 2012 but has since struggled for fitness and regular minutes. A recent run of good form under Jürgen Klopp has earned him praise but hasn’t led to an increase in his playing time.
This led the Daily Star and others to suggest a move back to Swansea was on the cards, but they’ve quickly walked that back. Now, instead of a move in January, the rumour is that Allen has been told he is needed this season but can move on at the end of it.
As the rumour has it, Allen’s role isn’t expected to increase in the coming weeks, but Klopp has become so concerned by the recent injury crisis that he has decided it is important to keep Allen on hand for the remainder of the current season as a depth option.
It seems a harsh take on the situation for the midfielder, who has raised his game in recent weeks, but if he really isn’t in the club’s long-term plans—and his limited minutes despite his improved form does suggest this is the case—it’s an easy take to buy into.
Allen’s minutes haven’t increased despite injuries and his good form, but the club can’t currently afford to let him go unless they have another midfielder set to arrive before the end of January. The natural follow-on would be a summer departure for Allen.
And, if that’s the case, a return to the club he first broke through at would hardly shock, either. The Daily Star aren’t known for having any special insights into Liverpool Football Club, but as far as rumours go it does all seem eminently reasonable.