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Joe Allen receives Rodgers backing

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Rodgers tips Allen to be a success  (©GettyImages)
Rodgers tips Allen to be a success (©GettyImages).

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is hopeful that Wales international midfielder Joe Allen will become a major asset to the Liverpool squad in the upcoming season, on the proviso the midfielder stays fit.

Allen impressed for Liverpool last season, after completing a £15million move from Swansea last summer, but has been hit with a shoulder injury leading to a required surgery towards the end of last season.

Allen failed to net a goal for Liverpool in the Premier League last season but has had remarkable performances, notably in the Europa League, helping towards the build up to goals and committing offensively as well as defensively.

The 23-year-old is now fit again to play for Liverpool, having scored a goal in Steven Gerrard's testimonial match, which saw the Reds seal a 2-0 victory over Greek side Olympiacos. 

Allen's last appearance was Liverpool's 3-1 loss to Southampton at St. Mary's last campaign.

Rodgers told Sky Sports News: "The first three month of last season Joe was our best player by a mile but he had a problem with his shoulder which curtailed his season. 

"Joe has been terrific over the course of pre-season and he did very well."

Allen had plenty of minutes on the pitch last season despite facing competition from Jordan Henderson, Gerrard, Jonjo Shelvey and January signing Philippe Coutinho.

Allen has a bigger relief, as more opportunities to gain more regular football for Liverpool is inevitable, after Shelvey's departure to Allen's former club Swansea and Gerrard's ageing doubt.

The Welsh international has potential to be a key element in the centre of Liverpool's midfield and could be a threat to the opposition, if the midfielder was to stay clear of injury and show Rodgers what he can provide for the club.

 

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