Premier League: Joe Allen prepared to battle for Liverpool place
Joe Allen is ready to embrace the challenge of fighting for a starting berth at Liverpool after returning to fitness.
Last Updated: 31/10/13 12:14pm
The Wales international midfielder has been restricted to just two outings this season after struggling to shake off a hamstring complaint.
He made his latest return to action off the bench in a 4-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, and is now looking to earn a regular role.
Allen acknowledges that strength in depth at Anfield, coupled with Liverpool's fine start to the season, will make it difficult for him to force his way into the fold, but he will be giving his all in an effort to catch Brendan Rodgers' eye.
The 23-year-old told the club's official website: "It's a challenge you have to relish as a professional footballer. There's always competition and there's always someone out for the same spot as you.
"It's been a great start to the season and we're playing really well, so that makes the competition even harder.
"The atmosphere is great. We're towards the top of the table and that's where we want to be. We know it's a massive competition up there and there are some very strong clubs."
On gracing the Premier League again after a frustrating spell on the sidelines, Allen added: "It was great to be back out there. When you've been out with an injury, it's always nice to get back on the pitch and get back playing.
"So to come back on in front of the home crowd at Anfield was great. It was my first appearance in the league for a long time, so hopefully I can get back to full fitness and look forward to making more appearances.
"I think when you've had a little bit of a lay-off, you miss a little bit of that sharpness and your match fitness is obviously a little bit down, but I'm working on that and I'm getting back to where I want to be.
"The idea is to get more minutes on the pitch. I've just got to make sure I train hard and put my name forward for selection as much as I can."