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Great pass or mis-hit shot? Joe Allen assist stirs social media debate

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Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen’s assist for Jordon Ibe’s goal at Stoke stirred up debate on social media.

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 5, 2016: Liverpool's Joe Allen in action against Stoke City's Glen Johnson during the Football League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg match at the Britannia Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The question was whether Allen intended to play a pass, or if he had mistimed a shot. Here is a selection of reaction from within the media and from watching members of the public:

“Joe Allen has just told Shaqiri he meant that.” – Sky News reporter Paul Kelso (@pkelso).

“The sheer desire some people have to insult Joe Allen is baffling.” – Daily Mail journalist Riath Al-Samarrai (@riathalsam).

“Allen actually looks to his side before and after the ball goes to Ibe. I’m thinking its a genius assist” – Daily Telegraph Football News Correspondent Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT).

“That pass from Joe Allen simply amazing £TheWelshXavi” – Charlie Garvey (@G97CHARLIE).

“Mighty pass from Joe Allen for Ibe’s goal” – Mike Spillane (@spillanemark).

“The Joe Allen shot/pass is like the voices you hear when a record is played backwards, more apparent with coaxed instruction.” – CallMeDrStrangelove (@NoIdentityFound).

“Great assist, Joe Allen. Or shall I say terrible shot” – Connor Duffy (@AppleDuffman).

“So basically Joe Allen out Ozil’d Ozil with that assist.. £TheWelshPirlo take a bow!!!” – Manasseh Katlego (@katlegojakes).


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FAN REACTION: “Great result & performance”

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