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Allen: Past experience can aid Reds
02 Mar 2015 14:02
Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen believes last season's title near-miss will stand them in good stead in the race for the top four.
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History repeated itself on Sunday when 11 months on from beating Manchester City, who eventually went on to be crowned champions, the Reds defeated Manuel Pellegrini's side with another winner from Philippe Coutinho.
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While Liverpool could not go on to close out their first title since 1990 after that City win, this latest victory maintains their momentum for a Champions League place.
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"We learned a lot from last season and hopefully that will help us between now and the end of the season," said Allen.
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"The disappointment of those games against Chelsea (2-0 defeat) and Palace (3-3) during the run-in hurt us but sometimes you forget how good that run was.
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"We won 12 of our last 14 games. In the last couple of seasons we've finished really strongly and hopefully we can do something similar again.
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"Our target is the top four - there's no secret in that.
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"Nothing is impossible in football but it's the old cliche of taking each game as it comes. That was the secret to our run last season.
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"We didn't look too far ahead and I'm sure it will be more of the same."
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Liverpool enjoyed a significant swing in form in mid-December and since the turn of the year have collected more points (20) than any of their rivals - with Arsenal (18) closest.
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Unlike last season, when the Reds had Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge scoring goals for fun this time around it is more of a team effort.
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"We lost a world class player (when Suarez was sold to Barcelona)," added Allen.
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"That is bound to have an effect and you want it to be short term. It was a bit longer than we probably hoped but in terms of everyone else as individuals we have all moved on.
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"That is the beauty of having a young squad which is always developing, learning new ways of playing, playing different systems.
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"We have a squad of versatile players. At this stage of the season that has really helped us."
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