Joe Allen’s 2016/17 season in numbers

Jurgen Klopp is an honest man. Unlike some managers, the German says it how it is, and whether you like his wild touchline antics or not, you have to respect his approach when the likes of Jose Mourinho are openly blaming officials and bending the truth to their advantage.

So, this makes the Liverpool gaffer’s hint ahead of his side’s Stoke clash that he somewhat regrets selling Joe Allen all the more interesting. When talking in the build-up to the game, Klopp was quizzed on the Welshman, whom he allowed to move to the Potteries, and he said (via the Liverpool Echo):

“Do we miss Joe Allen? Yes. He’s a nice guy, unbelievably strong player.”

Klopp went on to claim that the decision was the right one for all involved and that is, to some extent, true. However, his stats from this season so far suggest he may have been able to continue making an impact at Anfield:

The 26-year-old has been somewhat liberated at Stoke, playing in a more advanced midfield role, which has allowed him to notch five goals. He’s completed 448 passes (a pass success rate of 80%) and created 20 chances, while his 25 interceptions illustrate that his all-energy approach has not been lost despite playing higher up the pitch.