Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen is hopeful that he can be part of the club's future following the arrival Jurgen Klopp. The midfielder, who has found it difficult to get regular game time under the German manager since he replaced Brendan Rodgers, is confident that he can prove himself and be part of the new era at the club.
The 25-year-old midfielder missed the start of the season following a hamstring injury, but returned to the first-team fold under his former manager. Allen, however, has found himself increasingly on the bench following Klopp's arrival. The Welsh international got an opportunity against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League, but was hauled off at half-time, and has since been an unused substitute in games against Southampton and Chelsea, with the latter being the former Borussia Dortmund manager's first win after taking over the reins at Anfield. The midfielder, however, did get to play the entire 90 minutes during the Merseyside club's League Cup win over Bournemouth.
The former Swansea star, who moved to Liverpool on a £15m ($23.1) deal following Rodgers's appointment at the start of the 2012/13 Premier League campaign, has admitted that it is a big change for all the players after the new manager's arrival, but the Welshman is confident that he can impress and slot into Klopp's high pressing style and be a part of Liverpool's bright new future. Moreover, the midfielder has praised the German manager's new style and believes that Liverpool can achieve success this campaign despite the mid-season managerial change.
"When a manager leaves a club everything is up in the air for the players. You have to wait to see who comes in next, what sort of style he plays and if there's a place for you in his plans," Allen said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
"I'm confident that the things he's looking to bring into the team are things I pride myself on and I'm looking forward to getting down to some hard work to make sure I'm part of the new era. It's almost like the reset button has been pressed for everyone at the club and we've got a clean slate to re-focus and try to impress him so we can be part of his plans," the Welsh midfielder explained.
"Everyone has been impressed with the new manager's ideas and approach. His passion is very obvious and that is something we as players as going to feed off. There is a lot of new information for the lads to take in, a new way of playing to learn and new styles to take on board. But I think the lads already see the benefits of it and everyone is buying into what he's looking to bring to us. We're all 100% behind him," Allen added. "We're still within touching distance of everyone in the Premier League and we're still in three cup competitions. We've got plenty of time to achieve a lot this season."