Footballing legend and current Stoke manager Mark Hughes has admitted that Joe Allen knew he had to leave Liverpool for a new challenge in the summer.
Welsh international Allen was deemed surplus to requirements by boss Jürgen Klopp and signed a five-year deal with Stoke in July.
53-year-old Hughes, who has continuously praised his fellow Welshman's performances at the Bet365 Stadium, explained that Allen knew he had little option but to leave Anfield, where he has spent four years.
In his pre-match conference ahead of his side's trip to Watford, Hughes said:
“His work rate and technical abilities are tremendous. The goals he has scored has raised his profile further too."
Midfielder Allen, who was signed for Liverpool in 2012 by then manager Brendan Rodgers, scored seven times and managed five assists in his 132 appearances in his time at the Merseyside club.
Allen has proved himself to be a fantastic signing for Stoke this season. Following an incredible Euro 2016 with his national side the 'Welsh Pirlo' has
"He has carried on for us from where he left off in the summer. He has been outstanding and has given us a real drive and impetus." Added Hughes.