Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen’s assist for Jordon Ibe’s goal at Stoke stirred up debate on social media.
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).
This assist from Joe Allen! Brilliant! pic.twitter.com/e4plWRVpUn
— Sai (@TheEngancheRole) January 5, 2016
Did Allen mean the 'pass' for Ibe?! https://t.co/9PRVwh61cI
— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) January 5, 2016
STOKE 0-1 LIVERPOOL
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FAN REACTION: “Great result & performance”