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Rodgers succeeds in bringing Allen to Liverpool

Mike Whalley
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Joe Allen has followed Brendan Rodgers to Anfield © Getty Images
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Liverpool have completed the signing of Swansea midfielder Joe Allen for an undisclosed fee, ending one of the summer's longest transfer sagas.

Allen, 22, watched Liverpool's Europa League victory over FC Gomel from the Anfield directors' box last night and has now signed a long-term contract after completing a medical.

The Welsh midfielder becomes the club's second summer signing, following the £11m arrival of striker Fabio Borini from Roma.

Allen told Liverpool's official website: "I feel incredible. Everyone knows the history of this club, it's a massive club, and I'm delighted to have joined.

"The passion that people here have for football is something I share and I want to be part of that. "I'm looking forward to being part of some great years ahead for Liverpool Football Club."

Allen played at the Liberty Stadium under Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who had agreed not to make any approaches for Swansea players for 12 months after taking charge at Anfield.

However, a technicality in Allen's Swansea contract allowed him to join one of five clubs, including Liverpool, for £15m.

Rodgers said: "I'm absolutely delighted that Joe has made the decision to come with us on this journey.

"Joe is a player whose profile will fit perfectly with the ideas of this group. His ability to control and dominate the ball is an important ingredient in our attempt to gain success on the field.

"Joe has had a fantastic education at Swansea City and will now begin the next chapter in his exciting career, and I wish him all the very best in what I'm sure will be a long and distinguished career here at Liverpool."

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