Just wanted to start a thread stating how important this guy is.
For me he is vital in this team.
Not only is he awesome in terms of defensive awareness in the holding role with his positional sense his short passing game is so underrated and I can't help noticing when he's not there and Stevie is on our short passing game is knowrre near as good.
For me these I've seen us play for probably 20 years was Spurs away last year and that Midfield was Allen, Lucas and Hendo, we were awesome both in possession and without and it could have been 8-0.
Now however without him we look so prone to attacks through the middle and Gerrard as A DM is going to cost us top 4 if we persist with him. Allen would even be better than Stevie as for me I'm sad to say he's finished and if he's picked consistently by Rodgers which is my big worry we won't make top 4.
Lucas returning is vital for me and it couldn't come soon enough