Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen put in a superb performance on his return to action on Thursday night as his side defeated Europa League opponents Bordeaux 2-1 at Anfield.
The Wales international has barely featured on the domestic front this season, making just three substitute appearances in the Premier League as he struggles to secure a regular first-team spot.
The Europa League has so far offered him a rare opportunity to shine, with former boss Brendan Rodgers and now Jurgen Klopp calling upon him to lead the midfield on Thursday nights.
While Allen’s first-team prospects in the Premier League haven’t looked too good, he showed why he still could be of good use as he put in a dominant performance in midweek.
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As per the table above, the former Swansea City man contributed to a number of key areas, both from an attacking sense and defensively as he performed the role of box-to-box midfielder well.
Allen has clearly taken on board manager Jurgen Klopp’s preferred style of high-pressing and plenty of energy through the middle, illustrated by the midfielder’s positioning higher up the pitch.
The 25-year-old took three shots, more than attacking duo Jordon Ibe and Roberto Firmino combined.
Moreover, Allen completed two successful take-ons and defensively he provided a shield for his back four, making an impressive five tackles and three interceptions.
In possession, the midfielder was calm and assured, taking 54 touches and making 38 accurate passes with a success rate of 81.6% - among his side’s highest tallies for the evening.
Allen’s display was all the more impressive considering he was brought off after 66 minutes, with German U21 international Emre Can coming on his place.