With Steven Gerrard reportedly set to miss six weeks of action for Liverpool following a hamstring injury he picked up against West Ham, Liverpool are going to have to look at new midfield options in the captains absence.
Many fans will not forget Joe Allen’s miss against Everton. If he had scored, Liverpool would have taken a 3-1 lead and that could have been the game sealed for the Reds. It could have been so easy for Joe Allen to feel sorry for himself and drop his head but he has done the opposite and credit too to Brendan Rodgers for sticking with Joe Allen.
Against Norwich, Rodgers decided to start with Allen and he had a very decent game and in our last match against West Ham, Allen started again ahead of Lucas and had arguably his best game in a Liverpool shirt as you can see from the video below courtesy of @MrBoyWunder:
Now with Gerrard out injured and Jordan Henderson also carrying an ankle knock, Joe Allen is set to be the new linchpin in Liverpool’s midfield as we have lack of depth in our central midfield.
If Henderson is fit to face Spurs on the weekend then you can expect a midfield trio of Lucas, Henderson and Allen with Allen being the one responsible of taking over the Steven Gerrard role of spraying passes across the field.
There is no doubt that Allen has great technical and passing ability. He has been guilty though of making too many sideway passes and passing the ball backwards, but during the last two games, we have seen more forward passes from the Welsh midfielder and he has also not been shy of having a shot at goal.
What Allen will bring into the Liverpool central midfield is a lot more running and energy than Gerrard. As great as Gerrard is, his legs are letting him down and Lucas is also not the most mobile of players. With Allen and Henderson in there, Rodgers’ wishes of a high pressing game can be achieved.
I know some fans still have it in for Joe Allen but we are going to have to back him now as we have no other options available until Gerrard is fit again or Rodgers goes into the transfer market in January to get a new central midfielder. This could just be the opportunity Allen needs to prove how good he can be to the Liverpool fans.