Joe Allen: Liverpool will travel to Chelsea with ‘heads held high’

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen insists the Reds will travel to Chelsea with their "heads held high" after their display at The Etihad

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Joe Allen insists Liverpool will travel to Chelsea with their heads held high after a valiant performance in a 2-1 loss to Manchester City.

Citizens skipper Vincent Kompany and Alvaro Negredo cancelled out Philippe Coutinho’s first-half opener and secure three points at The Etihad on Boxing Day.

We’re confident, we’ll go there with our heads held high and make sure we perform again

Joe Allen

But Liverpool midfielder Allen, who joined the Reds from Swansea in 2012, feels the defeat is only a “minor setback” in their season – and backed Liverpool to bounce back.

“It’s a big marker, especially when you consider some of the performances they have put in against the top sides at the Etihad,” Allen told Liverpool’s website.

“We’ll take some positives. It’s disappointing to lose the game, but we’ve got another massive challenge and opportunity at Stamford Bridge, to go and get a result there.

“This is a minor setback; we have been in good form, picked up some great results and we feel our confidence and momentum is really building.

“We’re confident, we’ll go there with our heads held high and make sure we perform again.”

He added: “The performance deserved a bit more than that, but we’ll have to move on and make sure we pick up a result now at Stamford Bridge.

“[The manager said] if we play like that, nine times out of 10 we’ll get a win and a result.

“We have to keep our heads up; there were lots of positives to take from today. We all know the strength of Manchester City at home. They certainly know they have been in a game today.”

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