Liverpool midfielder Allen targets more goals and assists on return to action

Wales international Joe Allen is closing in on a return to action with Liverpool and could be included in the squad for the clash against Newcastle this weekend, Sky Sports has reported.

The 23-year-old has been sidelined with a hamstring injury that he suffered in the Capital One Cup game with Notts County, which Liverpool went on to win 4-2 after extra time. The former Swansea man is looking forward to getting back on the field and is hoping to have more of an influence for the Reds in his second season with the Anfield club.

Allen said: “I’ve been pretty open, last year didn’t quite go as well as I would have hoped. There were certain games and moments where I did well, the key is to get that consistently.

Fellow players have spoken to me about moving to a different club for the first time and it is the first time I have experienced that. That’s out of the way now, so hopefully I’m a year on and a year more experienced because of that.

The midfielder, who represented Great Britain in the 2012 Olympic Games, had a starring role in pre-season and expressed his desire to continue that form in competitive action.

He added: “I can get involved more in the creative side, in assisting goals. That’s a big thing. If I have the chance to play further forward, like I did in pre-season, goals are obviously another big one that I’d like to add a bit more to my game.

It’s something I felt was coming at Swansea, and last season sort of stopped a little bit. That’s something I think I can offer, looking forward.

Allen signed for Liverpool in August 2012 from Swansea City in a deal worth £15m, and is yet to find the net for his new side. Liverpool, who currently lie second in the Premier League, travel to St James’ Park this weekend to face Newcastle United in the lunchtime kick-off.

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