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The 22-year-old conceded that his recent performances have not been good enough, but insisted that he needs a chance to prove his worth and "turn things around".

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen is looking to reverse a drop in form and impress in Thursday's Europa League last-32 first leg against Zenit St Petersburg.

The former Swansea man was a regular fixture under Brendan Rodgers following his 15 million pound move, after following the Reds boss to Anfield from Wales, but has featured in just two of the last nine starting lineups.

Allen feels he has not been at his best recently, but has pinpointed Liverpool’s tricky away tie against Zenit as a chance to prove his worth.

"My form hasn't been great, especially compared to the start of the season, but that is more down to myself," he told reporters. "But I am looking forward to working hard and try to turn things around a little bit.

"I haven't played that much recently so any chance I get to participate then I'll be hoping to impress as much as I can and stake my claim. We were bitterly disappointed after Monday's defeat to West Brom, that goes without saying, but we have this tie to look forward to and refocus."

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