Joe Allen on Klopp hitting the reset button and having a role in his side

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Allen has been on the fringes of the Liverpool side since Jurgen Klopp's arrival, and had spent five years working with predecessor Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has told the Liverpool Echo that he is determined to play a role in the Jurgen Klopp era, and has said his arrival is like pressing the reset button. 

Klopp has so far been in charge of five Liverpool games, and is unbeaten so far, with the most recent two games yielding two wins of the German.

As it stands, Allen is currently on the fringes of the squad having started twice in games against Rubin Kazan and Bournemouth, with Lucas Leiva and Emre Can currently ahead of him in the midfield pecking order.

Allen told the Liverpool Echo: “I'm confident that the things he's looking to bring into the team are things I pride myself on and I'm looking forward to getting down to some hard work to make sure I'm part of the new era.

“It's almost like the reset button has been pressed for everyone at the club and we've got a clean slate to re-focus and try to impress him so we can be part of his plans.

“Everyone has been impressed with the new manager's ideas and approach. His passion is very obvious and that is something we as players as going to feed off."

Naturally with so many games, and the Reds still competing on four fronts, Klopp is going to need options. Given that he has started two games, Allen seems to be an important member of the squad at the moment as he can fill in in different roles in the middle.

The second half against Bournemouth saw Allen given more licence to press as well as keeping the ball moving and ensuring the Reds kept in control of proceedings. 

The chances are is that he will get an opportunity again this week when Liverpool make the long trip to Russia to take on Rubin Kazan in the Europa League, as they look to get a win to keep themselves in a qualification place - and Jurgen Klopp will want to freshen his side up ahead of the home game against Crystal Palace at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday. 

For now it seems as if Allen will have to bide his time but on the face of it, Klopp does seem to see some value to Allen - who tends to show his best form for the Reds when he gets some regular game time. Lucas Leiva is the man who is keeping him out of the side at the moment as the Brazilian seems to be in terrific form, so the Welshman has a hard task forcing his way into the Premier League side any time soon. 

Allen seems to be seen as a handy cover/rotation option at the moment. He will hope that recent injury problems don't resurface so he can actually make an effective contribution to the side. 

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