Brendan Rodgers' best decision against Bournemouth: No Joe Allen

The Liverpool midfielder has, sadly, been nothing but a hindrance lately.

When Joe Allen was ruled out for several weeks through injury earlier this season, many began to notice just how influential he really was for Liverpool.

His presence was noticed because of his absence. The Reds lacked control and balance without the Welshman and what many failed to see when he was on the pitch was being seen in what Liverpool didn't have when he wasn't there.

Now, it is a case of the absolute reverse.

Against Bournemouth, the best thing that could have happened to Brendan Rodgers' side was to have Allen miss out.

Whether it was due to tactical reasons, a lack of fitness, the need for a rest or Rodgers finally doing what he should have done weeks ago and dropping the midfielder, Liverpool were a better side without Allen.

Recently, the 24-year-old has been nothing but a hindrance to the Anfield side. Yes, there have been examples of Allen changing games in Liverpool's favour in the past. But, recently, he has done nothing good - and his frankly pathetic attempt at stopping Antonio Valencia on Sunday afternoon summed up his recent travails.

After beating Bournemouth 3-1, Rodgers mentioned the word 'creativity' four times. He is clearly a fan of it - which is puzzling. Allen, a firm favourite of Rodgers', offers none of it. He gets nervous and gives the ball away in the final third - and plays a simple, ineffective pass everywhere else on the field.

And that's why Rodgers' best decision against Bournemouth didn't have anything to do with who played - it was leaving the Welshman out.

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