Liverpool confident of success against Rubin Kazan, says Joe Allen

The Welsh midfielder is hoping to get some game time as the side enter a busy period of their season.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen says they are confident of getting a win against Rubin Kazan.

The Reds take on the Russian side at Anfield on Thursday evening having been disappointing in their previous two European games - 1-1 draws with Bordeaux and FC Sion.

The game against Rubin Kazan will be Jurgen Klopp’s first in charge at Anfield, though, with a special atmosphere expected to be generated, and Allen believes the reception for the new manager will be a boost to the players as they seek to secure their first three-point haul of the campaign.

"I’m sure it will be [special] and I’m sure the manager is really looking forward to it," he told

"I think if you combine the European night feel with the welcome the new manager will get, hopefully that will create a great atmosphere for the game. With that, it always spurs the players on and we are all confident we can get that win and kick-start the Europa League campaign."

The Welsh midfielder could make his first start under Klopp in the Europa League tie, having featured from the bench in the 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend.

He has been restricted to just five appearances so far this season after an hamstring injury picked up in pre-season saw him having to battle back to fitness early in the campaign.

The Reds now have a busy period in which they face six games in just 18 days, meaning Allen has a strong chance of featuring heavily, and he is keen to get regular game time under his belt.

"I’m dying to get some football under my belt really,” he added.

“It’s been a frustrating start, we’ve been here before really and it happens in football. It’s something I’ve had to learn to deal with, I just want to get back out on the pitch and help the team get a good run going.”

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