Joe Allen: It was a privilege to play for Swansea City
JOE Allen revealed he felt privileged to have played for Swansea City after returning to the Liberty with Liverpool.
Allen was back in SA1 for the first time since following Brendan Rodgers to Anfield last summer.
He played 90 minutes of yesterday's goalless draw and was given a mixed reception by fans.
There was the odd jeer when he touched the ball, but generally home supporters reacted warmly to the midfielder.
Allen played a key part in one of the brightest chapters of Swansea's history as they climbed from the lower leagues to the top tier.
And afterwards he reflected fondly on his time in South Wales.
"It was strange to come back, but I feel privileged to have played for Swansea," said Allen.
"Going to a different changing room, wearing a different colour shirt, all those sort of things can affect you, but I tried to concentrate on my performance.
"It was great to catch up with some old faces, players who I played with for a long time."
Allen insisted the Swansea City side Liverpool played yesterday is better than the one he was part of last season.
Now led by Michael Laudrup, Swansea started with five players signed since the Dane took over from Rodgers.
Chico Flores, Michu, Jonathan de Guzman, Pablo Hernandez and Itay Shechter all began the game, while Ki Sung-Yueng appeared from the bench.
Youngster Ben Davies has also forced his way into the first team this term, while Gerhard Tremmel is getting his first run in the side.
Allen believes the emergence of those two players and the arrival of others has made Swansea stronger.
"Swansea have kicked on to a new level," he said.
"They've added some quality players and I'm sure they'll do well this year.
"For us it was definitely another point gained, we've extended our unbeaten run.
"It was a very tough game," he added.