Joe Allen hopes to return for Newcastle clash

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Joe Allen could be available this weekend for Liverpool's Premier League fixture against Newcastle United on Saturday, according to the Express.

Allen picked up a hamstring injury in his side's Capital One Cup victory over Notts County back in September and hasn't featured since.

The Welsh midfielder had a timid first season with his new club and Allen knows he has to improve his game, which may mean playing in a more advanced role.

"I've been pretty open - last year didn't go quite as well as I would have hoped," he told the club's official website.

"There were certain games and moments where I did well - the key is to get that consistently."

His move from Swansea City last season was the first time that Allen has moved to a different club. He admits that may have had an effect but has learnt from experience.

"A lot of people have spoken to me, fellow players have said about moving to a different club for the first time. It is the first time I have experienced that," he said.

"That's out of the way now, so hopefully I'm a year on and a year more experienced because of that."

The 23 year-old has yet to score a goal for Liverpool however manager Brendan Rodgers played him in more of an advanced role in pre-season. And Allen is relishing the prospect of his new role.

"If I have the chance to play further forward, like I did in pre-season, goals are obviously another big one that I'd like to add a bit more to my game," he said.

"It's something I felt was coming at Swansea, and last season sort of stopped a little bit. That's something I think I can offer looking forward."

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