Liverpool Aim to Repeat Arsenal Humiliation at Manchester United, Says Joe Allen

Dan BrettContributor IIIMarch 11, 2014

Liverpool's Joe Allen, right, and Norwich City's Wesley Hoolahan battle for the ball during their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Wednesday Dec. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)
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Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen is hoping to replicate his side's 5-1 demolition of Arsenal when the Reds travel to Manchester United.

The Welshman came on as a second half substitute at Anfield, as doubles from Martin Skrtel and Raheem Sterling—plus a Daniel Sturridge strike—saw off the Gunners with ease, despite a late penalty from Mikel Arteta.

The 23-year-old hopes that his side can once again put their top-six rivals to the sword as Brendan Rodgers' men travel to Old Trafford, looking to move back within four points of league leaders Chelsea.

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Speaking with the official Liverpool FC magazine, Allen hoped for another frantic Reds start at Old Trafford, according to Liverpool's official website:

I don't think I've seen a better performance in 20 minutes of football from the first whistle. Our target now is to make sure we do that in every game. Obviously it's difficult to play to that level all the time, but that's our dream and what we're aiming to do.

How clinical we were with the ball and how many chances we created was one thing. But with Arsenal being such a great footballing team as well, the way we stopped them playing and won the ball back and pressed them hard was equally as pleasing.

Allen played under Rodgers during his time at Swansea, after the Carmarthen-born star had come through the youth ranks with the Swans.

He became a regular in the starting XI, with a number of fine displays that helped his side into the Premier League as Rodgers continued the attractive, attacking football laid down by Roberto Martinez.

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Used mainly as a combative, ball-playing midfielder, Allen's inclusion in the Liverpool team has added a steely resolve to Liverpool's midfield trio, sitting alongside the more creative outlets that the likes of Steven Gerrard, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson provide, with the club allowing their top three to focus on scoring goals.

Sturridge and Luis Suarez have netted 42 league strikes between them so far this season, and they will look to pile the pressure on a Manchester United back four that has come under scrutiny this season, per Alan Hansen's Telegraph blog.

United have kept just five clean sheets at home this term, shipping 12 goals to sides travelling to Old Trafford in just 13 league matches, which further shows just how Sturridge and Suarez can look forward to their trip to the champions, per WhoScored.

With six goals and three assists in 23 appearances this season, and hoping to make it into England's World Cup squad, Sterling will also be looking to make United pay at the Theatre of Dreams, with the 19-year-old's raw pace proving a constant threat for Allen's outfit.

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It's this very combination from the front line, along with the Reds' tenacious, creative displays from midfield, that make Liverpool such an interesting prospect this season and highlights just why they're in with a shout of the clinching the title.

The club haven't won the Premier League since its inception in 1992, but this year presents the perfect opportunity for Allen to help make history.

Liverpool FC's tweet highlighted Allen's confidence against any side they face:

The Reds take on United before matches against survival-chasing Cardiff and Sunderland, with Champions League hopefuls Tottenham travelling to Anfield on March 30.

But, with games yet to play against Manchester City and Chelsea, along with fixtures against several other struggling sides like Norwich and Crystal Palace, the chance for Rodgers' side to overtake Jose Mourinho's men remains very possible.

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Liverpool hold a game in hand over the league leaders after their match against Sunderland was postponed, with Arsenal also having played 28 matches as they look to keep their own title dreams alive.

However, many fans can still be pleased with the club's rise this season, which looks to see the side return to Champions League football for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign.

But, for now, Allen and his team-mates will be taking each game as it comes, starting with the tie at Old Trafford, where Liverpool romped to a 4-1 victory almost five years ago to the day. If his side can replicate that victory, supporters can continue to dream of landing their first Premier League gong.