Brendan Rodgers hails Liverpool’s ‘outstanding’ midfielder Joe Allen
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers heaps praise on Joe Allen following the midfielder's impressive start to his Anfield career
Brendan Rodgers has hailed Liverpool’s “outstanding” midfielder Joe Allen following the Wales international’s impressive start to his Anfield career.
The 22-year-old has made three appearances for the Reds after completing a £15m move from Swansea City to the Merseyside outfit in August.
The Team GB star has effortlessly slotted into Rodgers’ midfield, with a pass success rate of 94 per cent, and the Reds boss is confident Allen will only improve over the season.
“I think it’s remarkable how quickly he has settled,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.
“This is a young guy who has moved up from south Wales, he was first of all into a hotel then having to move into an apartment. His partner, Lacey, is giving birth to her first child.
“All of these emotional things have been going on in the background yet he still has come in and made the performances that he has done.
“Is it a surprise to me? No, because I knew what we were paying and I know the boy’s qualities. I think the biggest testament that you can give him is that he has come into here and he looks like he has been a Liverpool player for the last 10 years.
“That’s great credit to him, and I think you see the supporters are recognising that he looks like a player who is a Liverpool player, because of how he passes the ball, his courage to get on the ball, but also his willingness to put his body on the line for the team and for the club.
“He has been outstanding and he will only get better.”