Ian Rush says Joe Allen is “frustrated” and could leave Liverpool in the summer, despite his improvement under Jurgen Klopp.
Allen has handed the captain’s armband for the second half of Wales’ recent defeat in the Ukraine and the 26-year-old put in an impressive performance for Chris Coleman’s side.
Still, the £15million recruit from Swansea has only started three Premier League games this season and he was substituted in two of those. He has though shown an improvement in his game and he captained the side in the FA Cup clash at home to West Ham at the end of January.
Rush has also seen a new dimension to Allen’s game and believes Klopp, who has not held talks over a new deal for Allen, should keep hold of the player, whose deal expires in 2017.
“Joe’s frustrated by not being in the team,” Rush told Wales Online. “I’ve seen a lot of players who are happy on the bench, but the thing with Joe Allen is he’s not happy doing that. If he’s not happy then he might well want to move on.
I think he can do a great job for Liverpool. When he came on against Northern Ireland [for Wales on Thursday], that was the difference.
“I’ve noticed the last few times he’s played for Liverpool, he’s getting in scoring positions and getting the odd goal, which he hasn’t done before.
“The Euros will be big for him, to prove that he should be playing every week. For me, I hope that’s for Liverpool.
“At the end of the day, he can score goals. The thing is with Brendan [Rodgers], he was happy to never give the ball way, to get the ball from the defence and move it around the midfield.
“But what I like about Joe is he knows to get a regular game these days he has to score goals. He’s done that, a few times, Christian Benteke is knocking it down and there’s Joe in the six-yard box! He wasn’t doing that under Brendan.
“Playing for Wales, he looks really confident and that gives them a real boost,” added Rush.