Joe Allen will understandably have his fair share of stick thrown in his direction lately for that miss, but what about the rest of his game?
If you are a Liverpool fan then Joe Allen was the villain of the piece at the weekend after his glaring miss passed up an opportunity to potentially wrap up the points in the 221st Merseyside derby at the weekend.
Though if you watch the game back up until the time when he made way for Victor Moses in the second half, there was a lot of good to be said about Allen’s performance, minus the glaring miss.
Given that he had only played just over half an hour of Premier League football this season, he was thrown in at the deep end somewhat in this derby match. And along with Lucas in the middle of midfield, whenever the Reds had control of the game, Joe Allen was a massive part of that.
He broke up the play, knew when to keep hold of possession to try and calm the game down
To me it is no coincidence that the game got a lot more frantic and stretched when Allen was withdrawn, and even more so when Lucas was substituted.
This isn’t to say Allen had a spectacular game in the middle of the park and stole the show but Liverpool’s midfield looked a degree more solid in what was a bonkers yet extremely entertaining Merseyside derby. Though the hard graft in the middle of the park is incredibly unappreciated in general, it isn’t a job that grabs headlines and draws widespread praise from the fans.
But it would be stupid to overlook the rest of his performance for the sake of one miss. It wouldn’t surprise me if he does feature a bit more over the coming weeks as the fixture list gets that bit busier.
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