Speaking after his late strike earned Liverpool a 3-3 draw with Arsenal, Joe Allen praised his side’s resilience and fighting spirit.
Allen provided the most unexpected of conclusions to a fiercely contested clash at Anfield on Wednesday night, volleying home to grab a 3-3 against Arsene Wenger’s robust Gunners.
In a performance that showed true grit, Allen’s determination in the 18-yard box was characteristic of Liverpool’s commitment to the cause.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, the midfielder praised his team-mates’ “attitude.”
“I think that’s testament to the characters we’ve got in that dressing room,” he said.
“We’ve got that attitude of going to the final whistle.
“We obviously had some setbacks in the game, to be ahead and then throw it away a little bit, with some disappointing goals which was a shame.
“But we kept at it and thankfully we’ve come away with something.”
To secure a draw so late on against the title favourites will have given Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp encouragement, and Allen praised the Gunners’ efforts.
“They’ve come here in great form, they’ve been strong all season,” he continued.
“We had to deal with that.
“It was a good performance I think, end to end at times, but I’m sure it was exciting for everyone to watch!”
No player will be more delighted than Allen after his late strike sealed an important point for the Reds.
Having conceded that contract talks had come to a halt following Klopp’s arrival, the midfielder will be hoping that his decisive performances in recent weeks will convince the German that he should remain on Merseyside.
If he keeps scoring, Klopp is unlikely to argue.
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