Liverpool complete Allen deal
The midfielder was at Anfield on Thursday night to watch the
Reds’ 3-0 Europa League third qualifying round second leg win over
And, after Reds manager Brendan Rodgers revealed the move was
“imminent”, the 22-year-old has now passed a medical to seal his
switch to the Merseyside giants.
Allen, who has signed a “long-term contract”, told his new
club’s official website: “I feel incredible.
“Everyone knows the history of this club, it’s a massive club,
and I’m delighted to have joined.
“The passion that people here have for football is something I
share and I want to be part of that.
“I’m looking forward to being part of some great years ahead for
Rodgers said: “I’m absolutely delighted Joe has made the
decision to come with us on this journey.
“He is a player whose profile will fit perfectly with the ideas
of this group.
“His ability to control and dominate the ball is an important
ingredient in our attempt to gain success on the field.
“Joe has had a fantastic education at Swansea and will now begin
the next chapter in his exciting career, and I wish him all the
very best in what I’m sure will be a long and distinguished career
here at Liverpool.”
The lure of working with Rodgers again was too much for Allen to
Having worked with the Northern Irishman in south Wales, he
cannot wait to get started.
“To join back up with him was definitely a big pull for me,”
“Brendan is so passionate about his football. He works day in,
day out to improve the team and everyone individually.
“Everyone wants to work alongside someone who has that way about
“One of his best things is his man management. He commands the
respect of everyone.
“I have a lot of faith that Brendan can bring success.
“I wanted to be part of this project and I’ve really got a good
feeling this football club is going to go from strength to strength
in the next couple of seasons.”
The move completes a remarkable rise for Allen, who joined the
Swansea academy as a nine-year-old.
Allen was part of Swansea’s surge to the Premier League from
League One, winning international honours at all levels along the
He was one of the inspirations behind the club’s return to the
top flight, which earned him selection to the Great Britain Olympic
Asked if he would have believed five years ago that this day
would come, Allen replied: “No, probably not.
“It was hard to believe at first and very flattering to be
linked to a top club like this. It shows you’re doing something
right, I guess.
“I’ve always been ambitious and wanting to get to the top but
getting there is a completely different thing. It’s definitely hard
to believe. It’s been a quick rise for me.”
Allen becomes Rodgers’ second signing following the arrival of
another former Swansea player, Fabio Borini, who scored the opener
on Thursday night.
And he believes that grounding in the lower league will help him
in the months that lie ahead.
“If you look at the amount of games I’ve played for someone my
age, that would probably only happen at a team that’s come through
the leagues,” he said.
“That experience has been vital for me.
“I blossomed and improved because of that and I wouldn’t change
it for the world.
“I feel proud. I am really thrilled and looking forward to my