Allen: “I’m so pleased for Joe”

Football – FA Premier League – Manchester United FC v Liverpool FC
Malcolm Allen

Malcolm Allen

Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014, 15:57

Malcolm Allen believes that Joe Allen’s recent performances for Liverpool can only be beneficial, not just for his club, but also for Wales.

Allen, 24, was instrumental in the Reds’ 3-0 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

And Malcolm Allen was overjoyed to see the Welsh midfielder make the most of his opportunities on returning from injury.

“It was so good to see Joe (Allen) playing with such authority and really making his mark in a side who have set such high standards this season,” said the former Newcastle and Wales striker.

“He’s so consistent now,” he added. “According to the statisticians, his pass success rate was over 90%.”

Allen followed former Swansea manager Brendan Rogers to Anfield for £15m in August 2012 and Malcolm Allen was heartened to see the Welshman silence the many doubters amongst Liverpool’s support.

“He’s always done his job quietly and effectively, despite the criticism,” he explained.

“I hope, with a performance like this against Manchester United of all teams, that he’s finally won those fans over.”

The Sgorio presenter is also convinced that success for Welsh players with their clubs can only be beneficial to the national side.

“When I was involved with Wales we had players like Neville Southall, Kevin Ratcliffe, Ian Rush and Mark Hughes; players who were winning trophies with their clubs,” he said.

“Having those lads in the changing room was a huge boost to the squad because we knew they were winners.

“The rest of the squad would look up to them and we’d raise our game to prove we were worthy of playing alongside them.

“Seeing Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe now playing in sides who are likely to win silverware is bound to be a great boost to the spirit of the Welsh dressing room.

“And that can only be a good thing as we look forward to the Euro 2016 qualifers in September.”