This time two seasons ago, Joe Allen was preparing to break into Swansea City's team as they would fight for promotion to the English Premier League.
Under the watchful eye of Swans manager Brendan Rodgers, Allen found a place in the starting 11 and was a key figure as the South Wales side earned their place in the Premier League thanks to a playoff win over Reading.
Now, he is being linked with a move to one of British footballs premier clubs: Liverpool.
According to Sky Sports, the Merseyside club have confirmed they would be interested in acquiring Allen this summer.
The Welsh international had an excellent first season in the top flight—like many of his teammates—earning rave reviews as Swansea finished a very respectable mid table.
A diminutive, ball-winning midfielder, Allen also has an eye for the pass and fits in perfectly to the passing style that Rodgers will no doubt implement at Anfield this coming season.
Technically a very good footballer, Allen would work well alongside the defensive qualities of Lucas Leiva and the attacking abilities of Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard.
Allen has won eight caps for the Welsh side and was an increasingly important player on the national team.
Allen and a number of other promising youngsters look poised to flourish as new boss Chris Coleman looks to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The likes of Allen, captain Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale look set to push the Welsh side forward as they look to qualify for their first major tournament since 1958.
A move to Liverpool would develop Allen’s skills even further as he will be playing in European competition on a regular basis and training alongside world-class players like Gerrard and Luis Suarez.
The future is bright for Joe Allen, and he could soon be an integral part of the Liverpool team.
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