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The sale of a Liverpool star has led to an Anfield legend expressing his disappointment over the deal.
Welsh midfielder Joe Allen was sold to Stoke City this summer for £13m.
The 26-year-old was frustrated by his lack of first-team opportunities on Merseyside last season.
And Phil Thompson has admitted he was disappointed to see Allen, who starred in Wales’ run to the Euro-2016 semi-finals, leave.
“I was really disappointed to see him [Allen] leave Liverpool,” Thompson, who made 340 league appearances for Liverpool in a 13-year spell across the 1970’s and 80’s, told Sky Sports News.
“I thought this was made for him, I thought this was his time.
“He had a terrific Euros and I thought that would persuade Jurgen Klopp to say ‘you’re going to stay at this football club’.”
Allen notched seven goals in 132 appearances for the Reds, before his departure this summer.
He admitted it wasn’t a hard decision to leave the club, with first-team opportunities likely to be limited at Liverpool.
“It wasn’t a difficult decision to move and I’m not looking back with any regrets,” he said.
“I’m excited about the future in my career. I look back and I’ve got fond memories. It was a huge privilege to play for a club like Liverpool but the timing was right for me to move on.”
By Steve Osborne @BlizzardSteve75