Rodgers reveals who Liverpool have 'really missed' - and it's not Daniel Sturridge

The Reds boss admits the absence of Joe Allen has really hurt his side.

While the absence of Daniel Sturridge is undoubtedly a huge loss for Liverpool, there is another man the Reds have desperately missed over the last weeks.

Sturridge gives you goals, chances, build-up play and much, much more.

But what he can't give is something Joe Allen has in abundance. Indeed, the midfielder, often criticised for his lack of adventure going forward, has provided Liverpool with balance and stability time and time again.

And Rodgers' side have not been the same since the Welshman was ruled out with injury - as he freely admitted at a pre-match press conference earlier today.

Asked if Allen's absence has had a big impact on Liverpool's performances, Rodgers told reporters:

"I think in this period, it certainly has. I think he's a player that never gets mentioned. He's a player that very rarely turns over the ball.

"He loves the football, he goes, he gets other people playing. And the key feature for Joe also, on top of that, is his intensity in his pressure, he presses the game really well.

"He's a very intelligent footballer; tactically, he's outstanding and I think we've really missed his energy and his quality since he's been out.

"He'll be back after the international break. It's too soon this weekend but hopefully he'll be back for the Queens Park Rangers game."

The Reds host West Brom at Anfield on Saturday hoping to end a run of three Premier League games without a win. They also lost in their last Champions League game, a 1-0 defeat in Basel last night.

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