The Liverpool midfielder has earned comparisons to the Spanish legend ever since signing for the club in 2012.
His performances haven’t backed up the comparison though – instead it comes from former Reds boss Brendan Rodgers who produced the now infamous quote upon his arrival at Anfield.
At the time, Rodgers described Allen – who he had worked with at Swansea – as “the Welsh Xavi”.
And Liverpool supporters have had no problem sticking with the comparison despite Allen’s inconsistent four-stay at the club.
Until now, Allen has never spoken about being compared to the Barcelona and Spain legend.
But he’s admitted that it’s another midfield maestro who he sees much more of himself in:
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So it’s the Welsh Pirlo from now on.
Allen spent the majority of his time coming off the bench in the season just gone for Liverpool and could find himself playing more away from Anfield in the next campaign.
He’s only got a year left on his deal and has been linked with a Rodgers reunion at Celtic following the Northern Irishman taking the Hoops job.
Fans of the Parkhead club would certainly be happy to add the Welsh Pirlo to their midfield.