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Joe Allen pledges faith in Brendan Rodgers

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Joe Allen insists Brendan Rodgers is the right man to lead Liverpool.

And the Wales international also admitted that the players "let the manager down" last season.

The Reds finished a lacklustre sixth in the Premier League in the 2014/15 campaign as well as crashing out of the Champions League in the group stages and failed to win a trophy. This all came on the back of having title aspirations after just missing out on the league title in the 2013/14 season.

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Rodgers' position at the helm of Anfield was under severe scrutiny throughout the year and was at its absolute maximum after Liverpool were thrashed 6-1 away to Stoke City on the final day of the season.

The Northern Irishman was called in for an end of season review with club owners, Fenway Sports Group, and despite assistant manager, Colin Pascoe, and first-team coach, Mike Marsh, losing their jobs, kept his place as manager of the Merseyside club.

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Letting Rodgers down 

And Allen, who also played under Rodgers at Swansea City, believes it was the players who let both the manager and fans down last term.

“The players we’ve got here are all honest players who take responsibility,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“At the end of the day we were the ones who let the supporters down, the manager and the staff down and ourselves down.

“It’s as simple as that. It’s up to us to get back out there and get back to the levels we know we can reach.

“The start of last season was disappointing for us. We didn’t start the way we would have liked but turned it around at one point and had a good run from December through to March.

“In the last two months we dropped off again. To allow the standards and the levels to drop like that was what hurt the most.

“When you end on a low like we did at Stoke then it’s a really long summer. But, thankfully, we’re back in now and everyone wants to set the record straight.”

Liverpool started last season in the worst way possible and racked up just 14 points from their first ten games and their back was always against the wall from thereon in.

The Reds had a decent patch following their 3-0 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford in December and went unbeaten in the league until they faced United again at Anfield and lost 2-0. 

However, throughout that streak, the performances weren't all that great. Liverpool's 2-0 win away at Southampton certainly flattered them and they spend most of that game on the back foot only for the home side not taking their chances.

Rodgers' principle aim heading into the season was to win his first trophy at Anfield. He first guided them to the League Cup semi-final and Liverpool played well over two legs against Chelsea but were heartbroken when a Brataslan Ivanovic extra-time goal in the second leg knocked them out.

Liverpool also reached the semi-final of the FA Cup and were favourites to reach the final against Aston Villa. However, they performed terribly and were beaten 3-1. It wasn't the result that frustrated Kopites, but the manner their side lost in. The Reds showed little heart and little fight in the game and were comfortably beaten.

Summer improvement 

Rodgers has already began to try and right last season's wrongs and has signed six new recruits already. He's spend a small fortune on Roberto Firmino who's joined from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim for £29.5 million as well as Nathaniel Clyne for £12 million from Southampton.

A striker will still be top of the 42-year-old's priority list, especially with funds in the bank following the sale of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City.

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