Joe Allen has vowed to repay Brendan Rodgers’ faith in him by helping Liverpool to success.
Allen, 22, has made an impressive start to his Anfield career since following manager Rodgers from Swansea. Signing for £15 million just before the start of the season, he was a stand-out player on his home debut as Liverpool drew 2-2 with Manchester City on Sunday.
He has hailed Rodgers’ influence on his career, and wants to return the favour by ensuring the manager drags Liverpool back towards the top four after last season’s eighth-place finish under Kenny Dalglish.
“He certainly has been a key figure in my career so far,” Allen told the Liverpool Echo. “He’s a brilliant coach and person, someone who you are desperate to please. When someone gives you responsibility and shows faith in you, like he did with me, it makes you desperate to pay it back.
“Although I’d been in and around the squad in previous years at Swansea, Brendan helped me progress my game. And a lot of the other lads in my age bracket felt the same way.
“From the moment he walked through the doors at Swansea, there was a feeling that he was going to take the club on to the next level. And he did.
“I’ve spoken to the lads here and the feeling I get is that they are looking forward to working underneath him. I think a lot of players will enjoy his training methods and his approach towards everything.”