Joe Allen comments on what could be behind his recent run of form

Allen thinks momentum is key to his good performances, and assesses the magnitude of Liverpool's win over Swansea to keep the pressure on Manchester United.

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has suggested his recent upturn in form is down to regular game time and the momentum that comes with being selected regularly for the starting XI.

Allen has been called upon in every game since the FA Cup fifth round tie with Crystal Palace after Lucas Leiva and Steven Gerrard picked up groin and hamstring injuries within the space of three days. 

As a result, he has been the man to partner Jordan Henderson, apart from last weekend's FA Cup quarter final tie with Blackburn where he missed out with a minor ankle injury.

The Welshman, speaking after a triumphant return to his former club, told the Liverpool website: "I've spoken time and time again about the effect injuries can have on the momentum you get with performances and time out there.

"Thankfully, it was one game. We were pretty confident it would only be that game. It was great to be back out there and part of another winning performance."

His presence in the middle of the park against Blackburn was missed as Emre Can and Jordan Henderson's lack of game time together that was evident, and there was an element of confusion about one another's role.

Alongside Henderson they both have a good idea of what another's role should be. Allen brings about some good control, and recent performances against the likes of Manchester City, Southampton and Burnley have all played a big role in the Reds taking wins in those particular matches.

One would think Allen is a nailed on starter for the weekend's visit of Manchester United, who Liverpool could overtake and go fourth with a win at Anfield.

Allen added: "It will be significant, I'm sure. It's one that as players you always look forward to.

"It was important, with them getting three points at the weekend, that we answered with three points ourselves to keep within touching distance."

It is thought among some fans that this weekend's game could go a long way to deciding who could qualify for next season's Champions League. It is going to be an intriguing game, and Joe Allen is likely to have a big role to play in what should be a hotly contested battle in the midfield.

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