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Friday 17 November 2017

Did Joe 'Pirlo' Allen mean this sublime assist for Liverpool's goal against Stoke?

Liverpool's Joe Allen in action with Stoke's Ibrahim Afellay
Liverpool's Joe Allen in action with Stoke's Ibrahim Afellay

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).

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