Liverpool legend hails Joe Allen’s ‘vital cameo performance’

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen produced a vital cameo performance from the bench, according to John Aldridge

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

John Aldridge hailed Joe Allen’s “vital” cameo performance after the Liverpool midfielder helped his side edge to a 4-3 victory over Swansea City on Sunday.

The home side twice surrendered a lead after making sloppy defensive mistakes as the Swans hit back through Jonjo Shelvey and Wilfried Bony’s brace.

Allen kept winning the ball back and passed it well. He certainly staked a claim for a start at Southampton next weekend

John Aldridge

With the match in the balance at 3-3, Brendan Rodgers opted to replace speed merchant Raheem Sterling with Wales international Allen.

The 23-year-old helped Liverpool gain the upper-hand in midfield, with his team-mate Jordan Henderson bursting into the Swansea box from deep and scoring the winner 16 minutes from time.

“Joe Allen produced a vital cameo performance when he came off the bench in the second half on Sunday,” Alridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.

“Liverpool needed to gain some control in the game and Allen provided it against his old club as he made a real impact.

“Allen kept winning the ball back and passed it well. He certainly staked a claim for a start at Southampton next weekend.

“It all depends what the manager decides but having Allen alongside Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard in midfield may provide that bit more stability in front of the back four.”

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