After a tough year at Liverpool after signing from Swansea City last summer, Joe Allen is an outside look at a player whom could replace Gerrard. The Welsh international still has considerable work to do to live up to his £15 million pound, but after a year riddled with injury and inconsistent form he was on the outer and Rodgers was open to sell and cut his losses. Cardiff City were reported to be interested in his services1 as the newly promoted Welsh club look to lure back some of their local talent for their first Premier League campaign. However, this deal has yet to materialise and Allen is seemingly primed for a full pre-season and a crack at turning into the player Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool fans alike hope it can be. His two goals and zero assists was indeed a paltry return in his first season at Liverpool but I am not willing to give up on him just yet. I'm trusting the eye of Rodgers here and feel that if Allen can find some of his form from his first Premier League campaign he can still develop into a valuable commodity and his services will be required at Anfield. Basically, as a fan concerned over recent financial failures from the club I don't think its wise to sell Allen for half of what we paid for him only 12 months earlier. A loan for the 2013/14 season could be an option but, long term, Joe Allen has the game that can develop into a quality roaming midfielder. No Steven Gerrard ... but too good to sell just yet.