The 26-year-old had looked set to leave Anfield this summer after struggling to hit the heights expected since signing from Swansea City in summer 2012 – with Brendan Rodgers infamously dubbing him ‘the Welsh Xavi’.
Indeed, Allen’s contract is due to expire at the end of next season and recent reports had suggested the Reds were prepared to sell the playmaking midfielder, provided a club met their £11million valuation, with little hint of talks over an extended deal.
But an intrinsic role in Wales’ unexpected march to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 has seen the 31-cap international’s stock rise exponentially during the summer.
The Telegraph revealed last week that no less than six clubs are targeting Allen, including Southampton and his former employers Swansea City, but it appears the centre-mid could be staying on Merseyside after all.
After a 5-0 thumping of Fleetwood Town in a pre-season friendly yesterday evening, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed that he’s keen to resolve Allen’s contract situation – suggesting he’ll be kept on at Anfield.
As quoted by Sky Sports, he said; “We will find a solution but it’s not done. Obviously Joe Allen is a good player. We never doubted this. He played a good European Championship, like the whole Welsh team.
“We have to make decisions, we have to find solutions. We have to talk to the player, ask the player and think about our situation. That’s how it works.”
Suddenly, Allen’s departure is by no means as finite as it seemed a few months ago.