Did Joe 'Pirlo' Allen mean this sublime assist for Liverpool's goal against Stoke?
Published 06/01/2016 | 08:59
Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen's assist for Jordon Ibe's goal at Stoke stirred up debate on social media.
The question was whether Allen intended to play a pass, or if he had mistimed a shot.
Here is a selection of reaction from within the media and from watching members of the public:
"Joe Allen has just told Shaqiri he meant that." - Sky News reporter Paul Kelso (@pkelso).
"The sheer desire some people have to insult Joe Allen is baffling." - Daily Mail journalist Riath Al-Samarrai (@riathalsam).
"Allen actually looks to his side before and after the ball goes to Ibe. I'm thinking its a genius assist." Daily Telegraph Football News Correspondent Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT)
"That pass from Joe Allen simply amazing #TheWelshXavi" - Charlie Garvey (@G97CHARLIE).
"Mighty pass from Joe Allen for Ibe's goal" - Mike Spillane (@spillanemark).
"The Joe Allen shot/pass is like the voices you hear when a record is played backwards, more apparent with coaxed instruction." - CallMeDrStrangelove (@NoIdentityFound).
"Great assist, Joe Allen. Or shall I say terrible shot" - Connor Duffy (@AppleDuffman).
"So basically Joe Allen out Ozil'd Ozil with that assist.. #TheWelshPirlo take a bow!!!" - Manasseh Katlego (@katlegojakes).
Joe Allen once again showing his class. He's very good at what he does. Plays the smart forward pass and keeps the ball brilliant. Pirlo.— LFCZone (@LFCZone) January 5, 2016
When you cross Pirlo and Xavi, you get Joe Allen— Jazli ;) (@Chasseli) January 6, 2016
In this game we've got the fake Pirlo (Joe Allen) and the fake Zlatan (Arnautovic). Like two tribute acts with no self-respect.— Kop·ol·o·gy (@Kopology) January 5, 2016
Joe Allen grows his hair and beard out & plays like Pirlo so maybe if I take some anti growth meds I'll play like Messi— The_Lil_Magician (@Lil_Magician10) January 5, 2016
I've probably watched it 100 times, and that's definitely a genius assist from Joe Allen #Pirlo— Phil (@philsemmens) January 6, 2016