Liverpool's Joe Allen explains reasons for his early withdrawal against Rubin Kazan

Joe Allen was replaced at half-time by Lucas Leiva.

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has explained on the club's official website that an early yellow card was the reason he was withdrawn at half-time during Thursday night's 1-1 draw with Rubin Kazan in the Europa League.

Allen made only his third start of the season for the Reds in Jurgen Klopp's first home game as Liverpool manager, but was replaced by Lucas Leiva at the interval against the Russian outfit, who were reduced to 10 men shortly before Emre Can cancelled out a Marko Devic opener. 

The Welshman explained the exact reasons behind his withdrawal to the official Liverpool website afterwards.

He said: “It was a disappointing one really. I got booked. The manager explained it was nothing to do with the performance.

“With them going down to 10 men and being on a yellow, it was inevitable. I felt good while I was on the pitch and I’m looking forward to the next opportunity to get out there and give a good performance.”

The last thing that Klopp will have wanted, with his side trying to get a first victory under his stewardship, is to be reduced to 10 men themselves, which given the role that Allen was playing could have been entirely possible with a mistimed challenged while the visitors were looking to counter-attack, so there was an element of caution on the part of the manager. 

Given that whenever Allen has looked to have found some decent form for the Reds he's had bad luck with injuries, it's a good thing for him personally that it was nothing more than a tactical decision and he will hope to get some more game time in order to prove he has something to offer the current side - having become something of a maligned figure by sections of the Liverpool support. 

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