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Liverpool reject Swansea enquiry for Joe Allen but summer move possible

Liverpool are thought to have rejected an enquiry from Swansea City to re-sign midfielder Joe Allen, with a summer move for the Welshman more likely.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 2, 2016: Liverpool's substitute Joe Allen warms-up during the Premier League match against West Ham United at Upton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Allen has played a peripheral role for the Reds throughout 2015/16 so far, and despite a change in manager the 25-year-old’s fortunes have not changed.

This has led to interest from former club Swansea, with reports on Wednesday suggesting that Liverpool had “rebuffed” an offer from the Welsh side this month.

According to the Liverpool Echo, “the Reds have informed them that Allen is going nowhere during the current window.”

Allen has made just seven starts for Klopp, finding himself behind Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, James Milner and Lucas Leiva in the midfield pecking order.

When he has been utilised, however, he has performed, and Klopp is likely keen to utilise his talents for the rest of the season.

With Allen entering the final year of his current contract at the end of 2015/16, this summer will be make-or-break.

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 6, 2015: Liverpool's Joe Allen in action against Newcastle United during the Premier League match at St. James' Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp has already sanctioned the signing of Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic, with the Serbian joining the club at the end of the season.

Grujic could be seen as a replacement for Allen, with his physicality perfectly suited to Klopp’s demanding midfield setup.

For Allen, a move back to Swansea could be beneficial, with the Carmarthen-born talent more likely to find a regular role in the Swans’ first team—particularly following the sale of Jonjo Shelvey to Newcastle United.

Joining the Reds for a substantial £15 million shortly after the appointment of Brendan Rodgers, Allen will be deemed by many as another transfer mistake.

But when called upon, Allen has invariably performed; and his departure is more due to circumstance than condition.

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