One of the reported stipulations of Swansea allowing Brendan Rodgers to talk to and then sign a contract with Liverpool, was that he wouldn’t sign any of their players. Shortly after Rodgers walked in through the front door at Anfield, Allen followed as this gentleman’s agreement came to nothing.
Allen enjoyed a dramatic increase in profile during his time at Swansea when Rodgers found the perfect role for him as an attacking play maker in the middle of the pitch. Many suggested he wouldn’t cut it playing for a club like Liverpool but he has started every Premier League game this season and insists that the Rodgers is starting to take the club in the right direction.
“What we did against Sunderland, that’s the idea of how the manager wants us to play. The idea is to control football matches and Liverpool should be doing that. The ability and quality in the team suggest we should be able to,” Allen told the Liverpool Daily Post.
Allen and Rodgers seem to share a very good working relationship which is beneficial for any new player joining a team with a brand new manager. Rodgers has taken a lot of flack already this season as Liverpool are yet to win a Premier League game but Allen is one of the players in the Liverpool dressing room who can play a big role in convincing others that things are going correctly.
Liverpool are due to host Manchester United this weekend in the biggest Premier League fixture of the season so far. Allen insists that Rodgers has got the team playing the sort of football which may be too much for United to cope with.
“It’s a sign of things to come. Playing against United at Anfield is exactly the kind of reason I came to Liverpool. There aren’t many games bigger in world football. I’m really looking forward to experiencing it for the first time. We’re all looking forward to playing at Anfield and what better game than to be playing United,” he added.
It is far to argue that Allen has been slow to get his Liverpool career off the ground but this has very little to do with the manager. Allen has praised Rodgers for sticking to his guns and maintaining a relationship with him which has allowed him to play in a similar way to when he was at Swansea.
The whole point is that young players like the 22-year-old need to be enjoying their game safe in the knowledge that the gaffer is building something bigger and looking after them. After all Liverpool don’t have a massive team in terms of physical size so it’s easy to see how a player like Allen could become intimidated on first joining the club.
“I feel fantastic. The club has welcomed me, the fans have been brilliant and helped me settle. I’m enjoying my football. Sunderland wasn’t as quite a high standard as I’d have liked but I’ll have games like that, and hopefully I can put it right against United,” said Allen.
The good news if you’re a Liverpool fan is that there doesn’t seem to be any discontent among the Liverpool camp, similar to what Andre Villas-Boas went through during his time at Chelsea. Allen, and many others, seem happy that Rodgers is in place to stay.