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Lfc Info News: Joe: We want success for these supporters..


Joe Allen was still a schoolboy when Jose Mourinho's Chelsea were rocked in two Champions League semi-finals as the Anfield crowd spurred those in red on to glory

In May 2005, on perhaps the greatest of all European nights in L4, the Blues were bowled over by the noise from the stands as Liverpool went on to Istanbul for the final.

Two years later, they repeated the feat as the Kop roared the Reds on to overturn a one-goal deficit and secure a trip to Athens with a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory.

Mourinho returns to Merseyside once again on Sunday, when it is expected he will be greeted by decibel levels akin to the aforementioned.

Allen could be one of 11 Liverpool players tasked with ensuring the result follows suit - and the diminutive Welshman is determined to be part of an historic Anfield occasion.

"The fans have really gone up another level in the second half of the season," he told the Liverpool Echo. "As players we can't thank them enough. It makes so much of a difference.

"I'm sure when Chelsea come to Anfield the level of support will be right up there once again. We all want to try to get some success for these supporters."

Victory against Mourinho's men would open up an eight-point gap between Liverpool and Chelsea at the top of the Barclays Premier League table.

Liverpool now boast 11 successive victories in the league, having already secured a third-place finish and, consequently, a place in next year's Champions League with a 3-2 victory over Norwich City on Sunday.

Allen insists that while the Reds currently lead the chasing pack with just three games remaining, there are no nerves around Melwood, rather a sense of sheer excitement within the group.

"We have shown we are able to switch off from the pressures of the title race," said Allen. "Part of the reason is maybe that the level of expectation wasn't right up there from the start of the season. Not many people thought we would be in the position we're in.

"I think the biggest thing is that we're enjoying it. The management, the staff, the players, the fans - everyone has played their part. It's going to be an exciting finish to the season. There are three games to go and we need to keep it up."


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