Joe Allen highlights what resounding Stoke win showed about Liverpool

The Reds midfielder believes the 4-1 victory over the Potters was a perfect display of their strength in depth.

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo, that the club's resounding 4-1 win over Stoke City on Sunday perfectly showed the strength in depth that they now boast in their ranks.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp made seven changes to his starting XI after the impressive 1-1 draw in Germany against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday night, handing first Premier League starts to Sheyi Ojo and Kevin Stewart.

Allen was given only his fourth start of the season and responded with an accomplished display as he looks to move his name to the front of the list of players to start on a regular basis and fill Jordan Henderson's shoes after the captain's injury.

The Welshman, who put in a combative performance before being replaced by Lucas Leiva after 78 minutes, believes that the Merseyside club, for whom Divock Origi scored twice as a substitute, have now shown that they boast vital strength in depth throughout their squad.

Allen said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo: "You can’t ask for much more than that: a great win, a great performance from start to finish. [We had] a bit of a scare with the equaliser but came through that and got four good goals.

"We talked about [Klopp's changes] a lot but it’s something we’ve always had faith in, our strength in depth. It’s great when you can make those sorts of changes and still put on a performance like that."

Klopp's decision to rotate his squad so prominently was one likely stemming from the fact that the Reds' chances of breaking into the top four are slim, with the club sitting nine points off Manchester City in fourth with only seven games remaining.

In contrast, Liverpool have a very real opportunity to advance to the semi-finals of the Europa League after Origi's strike earned a crucial away goal in a 1-1 draw with Klopp's former side Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park.

A victory or goalless draw at Anfield in the return leg this week would see the Reds progress to the last four of the competition, the winners of which qualify for next season's Champions League.

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