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Confident Allen Hopes Liverpool Win Can Become Turning Point

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Following Sunday's rout of Spurs, Joe Allen is confident Liverpool could score goals against any opponent but knows there's hard work ahead to turn victory into a season-defining turning point.

Michael Dodge

"You feel like you can go anywhere and score," was Joe Allen's take on Liverpool's attacking confidence following the club's second five goal performance in three matches. "To come to White Hart Lane, with the confidence we've got at the moment, it certainly helped us. That comes from the momentum you build by playing well, winning games, and scoring."

Luis Suarez of course takes much of the credit for the way Liverpool are pouring in the goals, but on Sunday, Liverpool's midfield shared top billing with the Uruguayan striker. Given the doubts in some quarters over whether Liverpool would even be able to cope without Steven Gerrard, just how good the visitors looked in midfield will have surprised some.

It's too early to call it a statement—at least one that holds any long-term meaning. The midfield will need similar performances against Cardiff and at least one of Manchester City or Chelsea for it to be seen as more than an impressive one-off. For the team as a whole, meanwhile, a stumble against Cardiff would largely undercut any suggestion the Tottenham demolition could become a season defining match.

"We knew that missing Steven was going to be a big loss for us," continued Allen, "but that probably showed the strength that we've got in our squad, especially in midfield. Everyone came to the fore today and probably answered the doubts people had as well as you could. It's a great feeling.

"It's great to win at home, but our home record has been great. On the road, it has been a little inconsistent, so this is a special moment for us. Hopefully, away from home, this is a turning point for us. We will obviously celebrate this great victory but we've got to get our heads down now for a tough period and make sure we can maximise the points tally we rack up."