Etihad Stadium

Next Game

Man City v Liverpool

Monday, 25 August 2014, 20:00

Barclays Prem

Anfield

Last Game

Liverpool 2 - 1 Southampton

Sunday, 17 August 2014, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Allen: Competition is fierce

Joe Allen admits it is getting 'harder and harder' to get into the Liverpool team, but is determined to earn recognition.

Last Updated: 26/02/14 at 14:05 Post Comment

Joe Allen: Liverpool midfielder keen to play a big part in coming weeks

Joe Allen: Liverpool midfielder keen to play a big part in coming weeks

With the Reds riding high in the Premier League table, boss Brendan Rodgers is reluctant to tinker too much with a winning formula.

Rotation and competition for places is important at any ambitious outfit, though, and all of those in the senior squad at Anfield will be given ample opportunity in which to stake a claim for a regular role.

Allen hopes his efforts will be rewarded, but the Wales international acknowledges that dislodging the likes of Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho will not be easy.

He told the Liverpool Echo: "Yes it does get harder and harder to get into the team, but that can only be a good thing.

"That's something that's been great this season, the competition for places.

"Stevie's been playing fantastic in recent weeks but also we were able to cope when he wasn't in the team. When Luis (Suarez) was missing at the start of the season we coped with that. That's the difference this season.

"Every player in the squad has really played a part and that's a great thing to have."

Allen has been involved more frequently in recent weeks, with the 23-year-old having shaken off the injury problems which have disrupted his 2013/14 campaign.

He added: "I'm moving forward.

"Before Christmas I enjoyed a good run in the team and I was happy with my own performances and the levels I was getting up to.

"Unfortunately I had a little setback, but I'm now looking forward between now and the end of the season to staying fit and hopefully playing a big part in what could turn out to be a great season."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

rikey, Spain is so exotic, we have cold Tuesday nights in Stoke, they have hot Thursday nights in Eibar

Gollo
Atletico Ready For Another Title Tilt

Y

es, these stats are right. Rio Ferdinand definitely had a better debut than Fernando.

that man
Top Ten Debutants From Opening Weekend...

I

know it's only one game, and Arsenal have got an amazing midfield as is; but seriously, is Arsene Wenger the only person on Earth who doesn't want Cesc at their club?

Ezy_Rider
Top Ten Debutants From Opening Weekend...

Footer 365

Scottish football: SFA overturns Dave Mackay's red card against Celtic

St Johnstone skipper Dave Mackay is free to face Aberdeen this weekend after his red card against Celtic was overturned.

Rio Ferdinand would love to manage England after his playing career ends

Rio Ferdinand would love to manage England one day after revealing his long-term plans for a future in football as a coach.

Premier League: Former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay promises to co-operate with FA

Malky Mackay says he will co-operate fully with an FA investigation into Cardiff's text message dossier.

Mail Box

Man United Fans Clutching At Straws

While the focus is on Liverpool's move for Mario Balotelli, one Man United fan tries to convince the mailbox with nine reasons why Angel Di Maria would prefer them to PSG...

Rojo Is A Better Signing Than Hummels

There's some big talk in the morning mailbox, which claims that Man United were right to sign Marcos Rojo instead of Mats Hummels. Plus, one Gooner's happy Arteta's out...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property