Joe Allen is feeling the love from Liverpool supporters and manager Jurgen Klopp.
The midfielder started just his fourth Premier League game of the season in Liverpool’s 4-1 victory over Stoke at Anfield on Sunday.
The calibre of his performance was recognised by the ovation he received from the fans when he was substituted with 12 minutes remaining.
“It meant a huge amount,” he said. “I’m really grateful for the support I’ve had and it was a special moment for me to have experienced that.”
Allen has been waiting for his chance all season for an extended run in the team and it looks like it might finally have arrived following the knee injury that has ended Jordan Henderson’s club campaign.
Allen said: “The focus all season has been on always trying to stake a claim. Inevitably there’s injuries and suspensions throughout the season so more often than not you will get your opportunity.
“My aim hasn’t changed, it’s about whenever I do get the opportunity trying to take it with both hands.”
The Welshman looks to be fighting for his long-term future as well, with his contract up at the end of next season and no new deal on the table.
Swansea were rebuffed in their attempts to take their former player on loan in January but Allen accepts he is playing for his place at Anfield.
He said: “At a club like Liverpool I think you always are.
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