One of Liverpool's greatest strengths is the versatility available to Brendan Rodgers in midfield, according to Joe Allen, who has highlighted the flexibility he can offer to the manager.

The Welshman began his Anfield career in a deep-lying position, offering protection to the back four in addition to an impressive passing range which particularly caught the attention of fans.

Rodgers has placed the man he also worked with at Swansea City in a more advanced position too, as well as part of a central three - as seen to significant effect in the run-up to Christmas.

Philippe Coutinho has regularly switched from a wide role to the centre this season, captain Steven Gerrard has dropped back to the base of the midfield, while Jordan Henderson has thrived in the middle.

Having recently returned from his second injury lay-off of the campaign, Allen is now determined to showcase his ability to adapt, no matter where Rodgers may choose to field him.

"I take pride in the fact that I can play in a couple of different positions and I provide different options in the team," the 23-year-old explained to the official Liverpool FC magazine.

"People ask me about my preferred role but it's difficult to pick a perfect position for myself. I just go out in training every day trying to improve all aspects of my game and leave that decision to the coaching staff.

"Wherever I'm picked, I'm happy to do that role. I think flexibility is the strength that we have in the team, especially in midfield. Stevie's come into the hole to play in front of the back four.

"It's a great thing for the manager to have that in his squad - players who are able to be flexible and do a job for the team.

"From the point of view of Stevie, there was never any doubt that he would be able to go into that position and be just as effective and as key a player for us as in any other position he may fill.

"It's great to see him playing as well as he has been. We talk about Stevie but we also have players such as Coutinho, who we've seen play as a wide player but is now operating more centrally.

"Henderson's been able to play wide and centrally as well. The team is looking forward and when you have great victories as we have in recent weeks, it means you can't wait to get back out on the field again."

The No.24 has featured in 17 matches for the Reds during the 2013-14 campaign, having twice been beset by unfortunate injuries - firstly, a hamstring issue, and subsequently an abductor problem.

Now back to full fitness, though, Allen is eager to contribute as Rodgers' side weigh up their 10 remaining fixtures with plenty to play for in the Barclays Premier League.


He continued: "Injuries aside, I'm happy with the way things are going. Injuries are an unfortunate frustration that you can have in football.

"But I had a good run before and just after Christmas, which was pleasing. I was a part of some good results and good performances. I'm happy to be over those injury problems and am looking forward to playing a part in the finale of what has been an exciting season.

"I believe that this season we are starting to see the real benefits of the manager's ideas. If you ask any manager or player, they'd say that it takes a minimum of a season for ideas to really take effect.

"There was a big impact on the team last year but I think we always felt this season was where we would really start reaping the rewards and we've had some results that would back that up."