Liverpool’s Joe Allen must start at Man United, says John Aldridge

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge believes Joe Allen has an important role to play at Manchester United on Sunday

Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers took over at Anfield in May 2012 Photo: Liverpool

Joe Allen must start against Manchester United on Sunday, according to Liverpool legend John Aldridge.

The Wales international, who joined the Reds in a £15m deal from Swansea City in 2012, impressed in a 3-0 victory over Southampton in the club’s last Premier League outing.

United struggle in central midfield, it is well documented, so I would make that part of the field as strong as possible

John Aldridge

Allen has struggled with a string of injuries this season, but Aldridge feels Rodgers should start the 23-year-old alongside Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard.

“A lot of debate will centre on the type of team Brendan Rodgers will pick at Old Trafford, I am sure,” Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.

“For me, I think Joe Allen will start, and I can see exactly why, as well.

“You need grafters when you go to places like Old Trafford, and a midfield of Allen, Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard is full of graft.

“United struggle in central midfield, it is well documented, so I would make that part of the field as strong as possible.

“If that means leaving Philippe Coutinho on the bench, then so be it. I think Raheem Sterling has to start, and Coutinho has looked a little jaded in the last couple of games.

“Mind you, it’s not a bad option to have to bring off the bench, is it?”

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