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Hendo and Allen go head to head

by Dave Usher for ESPN


The names of Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva are etched in stone when it comes to Liverpool's midfield, but a fascinating battle is now raging to claim the final vacancy in the Reds' three man engine room.  


Whilst the sublime Philippe Coutinho is the obvious selection any time Brendan Rodgers goes with a more adventurous line up, things look a lot less clear cut any time the Reds' boss opts for his favoured 4-3-3 system as he faces a tough choice between in form pair Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson.


Henderson had looked to be in pole position after the way he ended last season, but Allen's return to fitness has seen him restored to the side in pre-season and he's been in fine form.  So too, however, has Henderson, and with both of them finding the back of the net in Steven Gerrard's testimonial at the weekend the competition between the pair is really hotting up.  


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