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Joe Allen on THAT miss for Liverpool against Everton

Joe Allen has spoken about how missing a golden opportunity to score against Everton last month spurred him on to reclaim his place in the first-team.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 23, 2013: Liverpool's Joe Allen looks dejected after missing a chance against Everton during the 221st Merseyside Derby Premiership match at Goodison Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Allen started Liverpool’s last two games at home to Norwich and West Ham, bouncing back from an embarrassing second half miss in front of goal in November’s Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park.

In the latter game especially, Allen silenced his critics, with a superb, energetic performance, moving and distributing the ball all over the pitch.

“Everyone knows the disappointment and there’s been a lot of talk about the miss,” Allen told the club’s official website.

“It was disappointing, but that’s football and these things happen. I moved on straight away and got back to working hard, looking for the next opportunity to come.

“Obviously I had the chance to start against Norwich, which was the first start I’ve had at Anfield in the league for almost a year. So it was great to be back out there and be a part of a winning performance.

“I’ve struggled with different injury problems, but you’d hope that they’re behind me now and I can focus on getting out there and playing more and more.

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 Welsh international now looks set to start a few more games, with Steven Gerrard ruled out of action for up to six weeks with a hamstring injury.

Allen added, “The manager has just told me to be ready for when my opportunity comes and to get back to my best. That will come with game time. Nothing has changed really.

“But everything comes together with playing time, so I’m looking to getting a string of games and showing what I can do.”

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