Liverpool morning news: Allen adding goals, midfielder praise for boss

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Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has said he can add goals to his game as he looks to win a place in the Reds side, according to the Daily Mirror. The Welshman is available for selection for this weekend’s trip to Newcastle and has said he can help the side in the final third of the field.

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‘I can get involved more in the creative side in assisting goals. That’s a big thing. If I have the chance to play further forward, like I did in pre-season, goals are obviously another big element that I’d like to add to my game.’

Fellow midfielder Jordan Henderson has praised manager Brendan Rodgers for the run of form he’s had, and that working on the training ground has helped him keep his place in the side, reports the Liverpool Echo.

‘He’s improved my game since he came to Liverpool which I am very thankful for. We spoke about a few areas where I needed to improve. It was more tactical awareness than anything. I went away, did what he said and I’ll carry on doing that.’

The Echo also reports that the redevelopment of Anfield looks as though it will take another step forward with the compulsory purchase orders of several hundred homes around the ground.

Former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy has questioned the decision by Wales manager Chris Coleman to hand Liverpool youngster Harry Wilson his first international cap at the age of 16.

Bellamy – who has just retired from international football is quoted by Wales Online saying: ‘I’m not too sure about [capping him]. I think he’s a talent, I think he’s going to do well in the years, but I’d like to see him do well first [before being capped].

‘I don’t mean that in a bad way, but 16 is young, it’s young. I take an interest in him because he’s my boy’s age. He can’t play for anyone else now but is that really the most important thing? I don’t know.’

England manager Roy Hodgson has praised Steven Gerrard, saying that he couldn’t wish for a finer player to lead the side to the World Cup – and spoke highly of his captaincy: ‘I talk a lot and I don’t often say things that are particularly memorable, but every time he opens his mouth he says something that I often think ‘I wish I would have said that!’’

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