Allen eager to add more goals to his Liverpool performances

The former Swansea midfielder scored during Liverpool's 2-0 win over Newcastle.

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen scored his second league goal for the club in Monday's win over Newcastle United, and was quick to acknowledge that getting on the scoresheet was something he should be doing more often for the club in an interview with the Liverpool website.

The Wales international scored Liverpool's second goal with an smart half-volley, to halt a mini-slump of two successive defeats for Brendan Rodgers' men.

"It was great to score," said the former Swansea star. "It's obviously something that I've said I need to add more to my game and so to do it tonight, to give us that two-goal cushion, it was an important goal for the team. I can be really pleased with that.

Allen scored four goals in his debut Premier League season, which was at Swansea in 2011-12, and the Welshman has just half that amount since joining Liverpool.

It has led to some criticism of the player from various quarters, but it is worth noting that Allen was very much involved in the strong run that preceded the Reds' disappointing defeat to Manchester United a couple of weeks ago.

With Lucas back in the Liverpool side, Allen was allowed to push forward more than he has done at times this season, and the 25-year-old was happy to have that attacking freedom against Newcastle on Monday night.

"It was a position I played during the majority of my time at Swansea, so it's one I know well," he added.

"It gives you more license to get involved further up the pitch, so hopefully I can be more involved when I do play that position, in creating and scoring goals."

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