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Fortress Anfield becoming reality, says Joe Allen

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen says the club’s home form this season is turning Anfield into a fortress once again.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 7, 2013: Liverpool's Joe Allen in action against West Ham United during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds’ 3-1 victory over Cardiff City on Saturday was their eighth win at home this season, having only dropped points to Southampton back in September.

It was also a sixth straight home win for Brendan Rodgers’ men and Allen, who was one of Liverpool’s star performers against the Bluebirds, says confidence amongst the players is now sky high.

“That’s the idea – every team wants their home ground to be like that,” he told the club’s official website. “To have Anfield almost like a fortress, like it used to be, is our aim and we feel we’re getting there now.

“We always knew a victory today would be great to build momentum and confidence going into what we know are two tough away games. Job done today and now we can go into those games looking forward to picking up good results.

“Not just this season but at the back end of last season as well, we really started gaining that confidence and belief in what we’re trying to do and the way we’re trying to play. We’re reaping the rewards of that this season.”

Liverpool are now top of the Premier League table, and will stay top for Christmas if Arsenal fail to beat Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.

The Reds were further boosted by the news this week that Luis Suarez has signed a new long-term deal to remain at the club. It was an announcement that delighted the players, according to Welsh international Allen.

He added, “It’s an incredible boost for us. We all know he’s a world-class player, he has shown that time and time again this season.

“It’s amazing for us to have him in the team. He showed again today how vital it is we tied him down to that long-term deal.

“One of the first things top players look for is the players they would be joining if they were to join a club like this.

“It will be a fantastic pull, and with the performances we’re picking up. Hopefully if we can maintain that until the very end of the season, it will be an exciting summer.”

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