Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has said he expected the Reds to enjoy a strong second-half to the season, but also admitted their upturn in form came a little later than any of the players or manager anticipated, reports
Liverpool started the campaign poorly, with the Reds struggling for results without Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in their attack. Manager Brendan Rodgers even found himself under pressure, with some supporters requesting his sacking when the Merseysiders found themselves in the bottom-half of the table as the season continued.
Twelve games into the campaign, Liverpool were 12th in the Premier League table, with only 14 points to their name. They had suffered six defeats, and had only won four times in the process. Things looked bleak until Rodgers changed the shape of his side to bolster their attacking options on the pitch.
His gamble worked very well, with the Reds now enjoying a 12-game unbeaten run in the league, while sitting just five points behind the top-four places. Midfielder Joe Allen always believed that Liverpool would be in a position to fight for a Champions League place, but also expected it to be sooner in the season.
“Losing Luis Suarez in the summer (to Barcelona) and Daniel Sturridge being out (injured) for so long as well and the change we had, we always knew there’d be a little bit of a rocky patch but we didn’t expect it to go on so long. We always knew we’d turn it around. It did take longer than we expected, I think,” he said.
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