Joe Allen explains importance of Liverpool's final league games ahead of European final

Allen was on the score sheet as Liverpool beat Watford and remained eighth in the Premier League in the process.

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has said there is still some importance attached to the club's remaining league games despite their current eighth position in the table and with a Europa League final on the horizon. 

Mathematically, Liverpool can only finish as high as fifth in the league table but they could secure Champions League qualification next season if they were to beat Sevilla in Basel later this month.

Allen was on the score sheet yesterday as he opened the scoring in Liverpool's 2-0 win over Watford at Anfield on a comfortable afternoon for Jurgen Klopp's side. 

The Welshman told the official Liverpool website: "People have asked is it difficult with the final looming but everyone understands that these games are hugely important.

"[We're] picking up points in the league but also they enable us to gain momentum and confidence going into [the final].

"We're looking forward to the next couple of games before the final. Every time you get out there and play, it's an opportunity to compete for a place.

"Everyone's excited for that game and wants to do everything they can to get in the team."

Allen could well have a role to play in the final having featured in both legs of the semi-final in very different roles, although he could be struggling for a start next week as the Reds try to end the season with some silverware - and the Champions League qualification that comes with it.

Certainly, some momentum from picking up wins in the final games of the season could give Liverpool confidence ahead of their clash with Sevilla and if they back it up with winning a trophy then there will be something of a feel-good factor going into the next campaign.

Also, Klopp needs to know that he has more than 14 players to rely on before the final comes around, in case of any injury worry that may arise between now and then. 

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