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)

CONFIRMED: Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen joins Stoke City for £13 million

Joe Allen has completed his £13 million move to Stoke City, after passing a medical with the Potters on Monday.

Allen was in the final year of his contract with Liverpool, and at 26 was looking to secure regular first-team football.

With this not guaranteed under Jurgen Klopp on Merseyside, Allen pushed for a summer exit, with the Reds accepting Stoke’s offer of £13 million on Wednesday night as a result.

After passing medical tests in Staffordshire on Monday, Allen will now fly out to Florida to join Mark Hughes’ side at their pre-season training camp.

Liverpool will bank an initial £11 million, with a further £2 million to come in add-ons, while Allen will wear the No. 4 shirt.

Allen’s departure comes after four seasons with the Reds, and he will leave to the disappointment of supporters, after he rose to cult status in 2015/16.

He made 37 appearances for the club last season, scoring three goals and laying on three assists, and captained Klopp’s side in their 0-0 FA Cup fourth-round draw with West Ham United in January.

Overall, Allen played 132 times for Liverpool, scoring seven goals and registering five assists.

The Wales international also enjoyed a successful summer under Chris Coleman at Euro 2016, with his stock soaring after a string of strong midfield showings.

Likely taking up a key role under Hughes at the Britannia Stadium, Allen joins an ambitious, new-look Stoke side.

The former Swansea City midfielder was linked with a return to south Wales this summer, but Francesco Guidolin’s side failed to improve their bid after seeing an £8 million offer rejected.

All the best, Joe.

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