Liverpool “have not discussed a new contract” with midfielder Joe Allen

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With Joe Allen set to enter the final 12 months of his contract this summer, Liverpool are yet to hold talks with the midfielder over an extension.

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 is widely believed to be preparing to leave Liverpool at the end of the season, with the Welshman behind both Emre Can and Jordan Henderson in the midfield pecking order.

But after producing a plethora of impressive performances under Jurgen Klopp in 2015/16, supporters have called for the former Swansea City man to be rewarded with a new contract and a improved role.

But according to BBC Wales Sport, no new contract is forthcoming for the 26-year-old, with the Reds yet to enter talks over a deal.

This comes after Liverpool rejected an enquiry from Swansea in the January transfer window, with Klopp looking to keep his squad intact for the rest of the season.

But with Marko Grujic set to arrive on Merseyside this summer, and Piotr Zielinski earmarked as another key target, Allen is likely to move.

Liverpool’s interest in Zielinski comes as something of a surprise given the Poland international’s similarity to Allen in terms of playing style and stature, with Klopp previously believed to be keen on adding physicality to his midfield ranks.

Allen’s performances this season have belied this, however, with the midfielder negating his diminutive presence with tactical intelligence and a perceptive reading on the game.

Allen is arguably most suited to Klopp’s pressing game of any of Liverpool’s current central midfielders, but he has made just 12 starts since the German’s arrival at the beginning of October.

With Henderson injured, and likely to miss the rest of the season, however, Allen does have the opportunity to earn a new deal.

Set to start in midfield for Liverpool’s Europa League quarter-final second leg at home to Borussia Dortmund on Thursday night, Allen must look to make himself indispensable to Klopp.

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