Swansea midfielder Joe Allen to join Liverpool 'imminently'
Friday 10 August 2012
Joe Allen is expected to wrap up his move to Liverpool later today.
The Swansea midfielder was at Anfield last night to watch the Reds' 3-0 Europa League win over FC Gomel and he is set for a medical that will seal his switch to the Merseyside giants.
"It is imminent," said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.
"The fact he was here shows there has been some communication with Swansea and we expect to conclude it in the next 24 hours."
It will be another significant step towards Rodgers building the type of team he wants at Anfield.
His first signing, Fabio Borini, got off to the best possible start by marking his home debut with a first-half goal to set Liverpool on their way to an easy victory that sealed their place in today's final qualifying round draw.
"It is important for any striker to score because they are judged on their goals," said Rodgers.
"But I brought him here because I know he can score.
"He is only 21 and has a lot of improvement left in him.
"But with his work-rate and his ability on the ball I think he will fit in very well to our team."
Skipper Steven Gerrard grabbed a second, with Luis Suarez again the architect.
The Uruguayan turned in a superb display, showing why Rodgers was so delighted the South American signed a long-term contract extension earlier this week.
"Luis is an incredible player," said the Liverpool boss.
"He has come back to us and looked great in training.
"He is so creative in the box but he also presses very well when he doesn't have the ball.
"He is the type of player I love. He is in love with football. He has such passion for the game.
"His combination work with Steven Gerrard and Fabio Borini was excellent."
Glen Johnson wrapped up the scoring in a game in which Manchester City target Daniel Agger completed the full 90 minutes.
"There is nothing more to add on Daniel," said Rodgers.
"I like to play from behind. That is Daniel's game, building from the back and stepping up with the ball and making passes.
"You saw his commitment to the cause tonight.
"We don't want to sell him. He is a very important player for me and it will remain that way."
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