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Eyes on the ball: Allen will be hoping to re-establish himself in Liverpool's midfield, starting in preseason.
The Welshman, it is fair to say, enjoyed an underwhelming debut campaign at Anfield following his eyebrow-raising £15 million move from Swansea City last August, with the holding midfield player’s season prematurely brought to an end following shoulder surgery on March 20.
Consequently, the 23-year-old will know just how important this preseason is for him to try to re-establish himself as a first-choice pick in the Reds' midfield, most probably alongside Brazil international Lucas Leiva as one of two defensive midfield players operating as protective shields in front of the Liverpool back four.
But with Jordan Henderson having leapfrogged Allen in the Reds pecking order in the injury-enforced absence of the Wales international towards the back-end of the previous campaign, and captain Steven Gerrard also more than capable of filling that role if need be, it is far from certain that he will automatically win back his starting place at the beginning of next season.
And that is why the next five weeks are so crucial to Allen in his bid to prove his ever growing number of doubters wrong …