Liverpool fans demand Joe Allen a starting spot following penalty glory

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We just about overcame an industrious and hard-working Stoke side in the second leg of the League Cup final at Anfield on Tuesday night.

Marko Arnautovic’s offside goal on the stroke of half time was enough to force the game to penalties, and despite Emre Can missing his, we managed to progress thanks to misses from ex-Liverpool man Peter Crouch (cheers, mate!) and Marc Muniesa. Joe Allen’s decisive seventh kick proved to be the winner.

Allen has enjoyed something of a resurgence in recent weeks, scoring a late equaliser in the 3-3 draw with Arsenal and the opener in the 3-0 win over Exeter. Those goals, combined with much-improved all-round performances, have seen Liverpool fans start to clamour for him to be given a regular starting berth in the midfield.

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His calming presence was on show again against Stoke – as he turned in an assured performance after replacing Kolo Toure in the 85th minute.

He is one of our few midfielders who plays with his head up and can pick a pass. It’s something we’ve sorely lacked since Gerrard left.

After the game on Twitter, fans were openly crying out for him to start in the coming weeks and months ahead.

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