Allen hails 'special' occasion

Welshman looking forward to rest of the season at Anfield

Joe Allen: Hailed his home debut for Liverpool as a 'fantastic occasion'

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Joe Allen was delighted with his home debut for Liverpool but was left disappointed they let their lead slip twice against Manchester City.

The Reds gained the advantage in the first half when Martin Skrtel powered a header home, but Yaya Toure equalised for the blue half of Manchester after the interval.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers then saw his side go ahead once more through a pinpoint Luis Suarez free-kick, however again an awful defensive error - this time from goalscorer Skrtel - allowed Carlos Tevez to pounce and rescue a draw for the Premier League champions.

New signing Allen put in a man of the match performance for his new club in midfield and was ecstatic with the welcome he received from the Anfield faithful.

"It was a fantastic occasion, it's always special to get your home debut, to have made it and here at Anfield the occasion and the atmosphere were as fantastic as I would've expected," the 22-year-old told Sky Sports.

"I'm looking forward to playing here for the rest of the season."

On the game he added: "It was pretty frantic at times. For the neutral I'm sure it was a great game.

"From our point of view, obviously it was brilliant to have gone ahead twice, but disappointing at the same time to not have gone on to win the game."