Players - Joe Allen

Joe Allen
Birthdate: 14 March 1990
Birthplace: Carmarthen, Wales
Other clubs: Swansea City (2007-12), Wrexham (loan, 2008), Stoke City (2016-22), Swansea City (2022-)
Bought from: Swansea City
Signed for LFC: £15m, 10.08.2012
International debut: 29.05.2009 vs. Estonia
International caps: 68/2 (23 at LFC) - 13.11.2021
Liverpool debut: 18.08.2012
Last appearance: 18.05.2016
Debut goal: 27.01.2013
Last goal: 08.05.2016
Contract expiry: 25.07.2016
Win ratio: 50% W:66 D:31 L:35
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 6 / 0
League games / goals / assists: 91 / 4 / 1
Total games / goals / assists: 132 / 7 / 3

Player Profile

Although new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers had a written agreement with his previous employers, Swansea City, that he would not try to sign any Swansea players for a full twelve months, there was a certain inevitability about Joe Allen leaving south Wales once it became clear that there was a clause in that agreement allowing him to leave for £15 million for a big English club. Michael Laudrup, who replaced Rodgers as manager at the Liberty Stadium, accepted that it was pointless trying to keep a player who wanted to leave, adding: "He has a great possibility to go to a big club with a manager who knows him and who will play him." Allen admitted that Craig Bellamy, with whom he had been in Great Britain's Olympic squad, had been urging him to join Liverpool, although it was somewhat ironic that around the same time Allen was officially signing his first Liverpool contract Bellamy was also signing a contract to leave Merseyside for south Wales and his hometown club, Cardiff City. 

The midfielder had been part of Swansea’s set-up since he was only nine-years-old, progressing through the junior ranks until the day came when manager Roberto Martínez gave him his Football League debut when he was only 17 on the final day of the 2006/07 season. Progress was slow for him in the next couple of years and he had a spell on loan at Wrexham but his spell had to be curtailed when he received an ankle injury. Once he had recovered, he became an integral part of the Swansea team that first consolidated its position in the Championship and then made a serious challenge for promotion to the Premier League. Allen featured in the play-off final against Reading at Wembley in which his club fulfilled their dream by defeating the Berkshire club by four goals to two. 

Shortly before the club from south Wales began their inaugural season in the top division, Allen signed a contract that, without Liverpool’s intervention, would have kept him at Swansea until 2015. But Allen’s form, like that of his club, surpassed most people’s expectations and it wasn’t just Liverpool that was taking an interest. Allen played in all but two of Swansea’s 38 Premier League matches in 2011/12. His good form was also being recognised on the international stage. Having represented Wales at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level, it was no surprise when he eventually made his debut for the senior side and at the time of his transfer to Liverpool he had eight full caps. He was also one of five Welshmen selected by manager Stuart Pearce to be in Great Britain’s squad for the London Olympics and played from the start in all four of the tournament matches.

Allen was excited about playing for Liverpool and the man who signed him was confident that he could be a success. Brendan Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo: "This boy, when you see him play, you would think he was a European player. He is a unique player in that he is a British player who doesn't give the ball away. He's incredible on the ball. His body work and intelligence for a 22-year-old is frightening. You will see when he comes into this team the difference he can make. His game understanding is very good, and he is in love with the football."

Allen started his Liverpool career superbly, delivering man-of-the-match performances in an unfamiliar role as defensive midfielder in the absence of Lucas Leiva. It was expected he would relish playing further upfield as Lucas returned, but he seemed to lose confidence, still coming terms with his move from Swansea to Liverpool. Allen is still young and is quite certain to find his form again and be a valuable member of the Liverpool squad.

Allen's first season as a Liverpool player can be considered neither as a complete failure nor as a complete success. Moving from South Wales to Merseyside was a big step up for him, even if he was working under a management-team with whom he was already familiar from his Swansea days. He could be satisfied with appearing in just under 70 per cent of the first-team's competitive matches in 2012/13. He missed the last eight matches of the season because of a shoulder inujry that required corrective surgery. Not renowned as a goalscorer at his previous club, Allen scored just twice during the season, both goals coming in cup-ties, against Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup and against Zenit Saint Petersburg in the Europa League.

Allen made three fewer appearances in the Premier League (24) than he had done in his first season (27) but that was enough to take him past fifty in that competition for Liverpool. Having scored twice in cup competitions in 2012/13 the midfielder found the net for the first time in a league match when he scored in the club's penultimate match of the season at Crystal Palace. Allen was in and out of the team starting seventeen matches and being on the substitutes' bench for another fifteen. On the whole, he continues to be a neat and tidy player whose passing is usually accurate, and he has never allowed his lack of height or build to be seen as any sort of weak link by an opponent. Not a firm crowd favourite perhaps but a reliable and consistent performer. Allen was given the honour of captaining Wales when they played in a friendly international in Amsterdam shortly before the 2014 World Cup finals started. 

Allen made thirty-two first-team appearances for Liverpool during the 2014/15 season and that took his total for the club up to just short of a century. His only goal of the season came in the home win over Newcastle United in April. The following season he did not feature as much as he would have liked, making just eight starts in the league, usually when the squad was rotated by Jurgen Klopp with Europa League games in mind. His overall goals tally of three though was his best so far. Allen had an impressive Euro 2016 campaign with Wales but his opportunities still looked limited at Anfield and on 25th July he agreed to sign a five year deal with Stoke City after the clubs agreed a £13 million fee. In his first season, he got the playing time he craved, appearing in 36 league games and scoring six goals. In 2017/18 he played in all but two of his clubs league games and despite relegation, he reaffirmed his commitment by agreeing a new four-year contract. Allen made a total of 46 appearances for Stoke in the 2018/19 campaign. The following season he became captain but his season was ended early when he ruptured his Achilles in March and he was still undergoing his recuperation when 2020/21 started, eventually returning to action on Boxing Day. 2021/22 was much better for him and he made 41 appearances but was not offered a new deal when his contract expired at the end of it. On 8th July it was announced that he had rejoined his first club Swansea City on a two year deal. 
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 91 10 7 24 0 132
2012-2013 27 2 1 7 0 37
2013-2014 24 1 1 0 0 26
2014-2015 21 5 0 6 0 32
2015-2016 19 2 5 11 0 37
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Apps Minutes Opponent
7 485 Manchester United
7 482 Southampton
7 384 Manchester City
7 317 Tottenham
6 466 Newcastle United
6 440 Stoke City
5 320 Swansea City
5 303 Arsenal
5 275 Chelsea
5 267 Everton
5 199 Aston Villa
4 274 Norwich City
4 274 West Ham United
4 258 Sunderland
4 174 WBA
3 254 Crystal Palace
3 36 Leicester City
2 183 Besiktas
2 180 Udinese
2 180 Cardiff City
2 180 Real Madrid
2 180 Wigan Athletic
2 180 Bournemouth
2 151 Hull City
2 149 Zenit St. Petersburg
2 137 Bolton Wanderers
2 136 Rubin
2 112 Hearts
2 111 QPR
2 98 Villarreal
2 72 Borussia Dortmund
2 39 Fulham
1 90 Burnley
1 90 Watford
1 90 Basel
1 90 Sion
1 90 Mansfield Town
1 90 Oldham Athletic
1 90 Blackburn Rovers
1 90 Reading
1 90 Ludogorets
1 67 Bordeaux
1 65 Exeter City
1 64 Carlisle United
1 64 Notts County
1 17 Sevilla
1 10 Anzhi Makhachkala
Total Started/substitutions
92 Started
29 On the bench
40 Substitute
32 Substituted
Total Venue
68 Home
64 Away
Total Competition
91 Premier League
20 Europa League
10 FA Cup
7 League Cup
4 Champions League
Total W D L Win % Manager
99 51 20 28 51.5% Brendan Rodgers
33 15 11 7 45.5% Jürgen Klopp
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 4 2 0 1 0 7
2012-2013 0 1 0 1 0 2
2013-2014 1 0 0 0 0 1
2014-2015 1 0 0 0 0 1
2015-2016 2 1 0 0 0 3
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Total Started/substitutions
6 Started
1 Substitute
Total Competition
4 Premier League
2 FA Cup
1 Europa League
Total Goal minute period
1 1-15 minutes
1 16-30 minutes
2 31-45 minutes
1 61-75 minutes
2 76-90 minutes
Total Goal origin
7 Open play
Assists per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 1 0 2 0 0 3
2012-2013 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013-2014 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014-2015 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015-2016 1 0 2 0 0 3
A more detailed look at the player's assists
Total Opponent
1 Stoke City
1 Southampton
1 Everton
Total Competition
2 League Cup
1 Premier League
Total For player
1 Daniel Sturridge
1 Philippe Coutinho
1 Jordon Ibe
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 18.08.2012 WBA The Hawthorns League
50 02.02.2014 WBA The Hawthorns League
100 17.10.2015 Tottenham White Hart Lane League
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 79 27.01.2013 Oldham Athletic Boundary Park FA Cup
Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Swansea City 2006-2007 League One 1 0 1 0
Swansea City 2007-2008 League One 6 0 14 0
Swansea City 2008-2009 England Championship 23 1 26 1
Wrexham 2008-2009 Blue Square Premier 2 1 2 1
Swansea City 2009-2010 England Championship 21 0 22 0
Swansea City 2010-2011 England Championship 40 2 48 2
Swansea City 2011-2012 England Premier League 36 4 39 4
Stoke City 2016-2017 Premier League 36 6 39 6
Stoke City 2017-2018 Premier League 36 2 38 4
Stoke City 2018-2019 Championship 46 6 46 6
Stoke City 2019-2020 Championship 35 4 35 4
Stoke City 2020-2021 Championship 18 0 19 0
Stoke City 2021-2022 Championship 41 0 44 0
Total 341 26 373 28