Joe Allen has had somewhat of a stop-start season in terms of form and now looks set to miss out on Liverpool's remaining eight fixtures after undergoing surgery on a troublesome left shoulder injury.
The ex-Swansea City man was originally brought to the club by Brendan Rodgers to solidify the midfield and provide a cutting edge in the attacking third of the pitch.
Allen has struggled to fulfill expectations, and thus far he has done little to endear himself to the Anfield faithful.
As time progresses and fresh talent (such as Philippe Coutinho) continue to emerge, the likelihood of his resurgence within the squad begins to dwindle
With that in mind, here are three reasons why the Welshman has been Liverpool's most disappointing player of the 2012-13 campaign.