Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup says Liverpool have made no contact over signing midfielder Joe Allen.

The Welsh midfielder has been linked with a move to The Reds, to join up with former manager Brendan Rodgers.

However, Rodgers' replacement at the Liberty Stadium, Laudrup, has dismissed a potential move for Allen, while the former Denmark international says interest in his players is not unexpected.

Joe Allen
Allen has been linked with a move to Liverpool.

"I want Joe to stay here because he is very important for the team. As far as I know, we have heard nothing from Liverpool," Laudrup said.

"If it is more than just rumours then I'm sure the chairman will talk to me about it."

"It is normal to have interest when people are doing well," he added.

"Swansea did well in their first season in the Premier League and some of the players were not well known at the highest level before.

"Of course we want to keep our most important players and I would not welcome any interest in our best players. But it is part of the game."

Swans defender Garry Monk, who knows Allen from his from early days at the Welsh based side believes such is the 22 year old's quality; there is no surprise in reports linking him with one of the Premier League's elite.

"Joe Allen has great potential," he told talkSPORT. "He's right up there with the top players at the club.

"He's level-headed which really helps him deal with pressure situations. He doesn't get linked to the likes of Liverpool for no reason.

"He's been tremendous for us. When he came through as a young lad you could see in training sessions how good he was.

"He was brilliant last year. He controlled midfield and stamped his authority, you don't often see that with someone so young. He's only going to get better, so I'm not surprised to see him linked to Liverpool."

While Allen was among Swansea's most consistent performers last term, reports of a move from Rodgers for one of his former players comes as a surprise, following the Northern Irishman's declaration that he wouldn't sign any former players during the first 12 months of his tenure at Anfield.