The Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen received an unexpected reward for his good shape lately. The Welsh footballer, who has had only one match by www.footballcapper.org for Merseysiders in the Premier League under the guidance of the manager Juergen Klopp, was given the captaincy for the derby with West Ham (0:0) from the FA Cup last weekend.
So Allen became the seventh player of Liverpool, who was a captain since Klopp is the manager.
`Frankly, it was a big surprise for me. I heard of debriefing before the game and I was happy too. Would have been great if we had won the match by www.footballcapper.org with Stoke. It was a pride to be captain in this match. I`d be lying if I said I didn`t think about Euro 2016. There is a time to show that I deserve to play for Wales.`, said Allen.
Klopp gave the captaincy to further six players since coming to Anfield. In his debut against Spurs, the German chose James Milner for deputy of the titular captain Jordan Henderson, who was injured. Subsequently, because of the rotation, it went in the hands of Kolo Toure, Lucas Leiva, Christian Benteke and Jose Enrique.
Allen, however, has become a key figure for Liverpool since the beginning of the year. The Welsh midfielder scored the equaliser against Arsenal for 3:3 in the last minute of the match, became the first player into the semifinal against Stoke (1:0) for the League Cup, and the second leg scored winning penalty kick (6:5) and ranked Liverpool in the final.