Allen: I dream of Champions League glory with Liverpool

The 22-year-old midfielder revealed he wants to play in Europe's elite club competition for the Anfield side, but insists he is fully focused on the Europa League this season

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has revealed his dreams of playing in the Champions League and hopes to experience such at Anfield during his career.

The 22-year-old was signed by Brendan Rodgers in the summer, and has played in every one of the side's 12 league games so far this season.

And, despite Rodgers' side featuring in the Europa League this term, it is Champions League exposure which Allen craves - and the former Swansea player would relish a night of it in front of the Kop.

"Any sort of Premiership footballer's dream is to one day play in the Champions League, and it's no different for me," he told the club's official website.

"European contest always has great feeling. At Anfield in particular there's that atmosphere you don't experience at many other places in the world. Hopefully I'll get a taste of that one day."

The Reds welcome Young Boys to Anfield on Thursday - where a win could leave them top of Group A – and while climbing the league table and trying to secure Champions League qualification is paramount to his side, Allen insists Liverpool will try their hardest to win the Europa League.

He added: "As professionals, as footballers, we want to win every competition we can and every game we can.

"We want to go as far in this Europa League as we possibly can and we know Thursday's match is pivotal if we're going to do that.

"If you look at the calibre of opposition in this competition, it's a great challenge. Test yourself against some great players, some great clubs - there would definitely be no shame in lifting that trophy."