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

FC Gomel.

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

Liverpool.”

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

resist.

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,”

Allen added.

“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

them.

“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

way.

He was one of the inspirations behind the club’s return to the

top flight, which earned him selection to the Great Britain Olympic

squad.

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

time here.”