Allen insists he can handle Liverpool price-tag

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen says he can handle his £15 million price-tag.

The 22-year-old is ready to rise to the challenge.

He said: "There is a difference for me now. I think it's quite easy to see that. From my point of view, I'm looking forward to that level of pressure.

"You aspire to play at the highest levels and be the best player you can, and these are obviously the things that come with it.

"You have to have massive belief, it has to border on arrogance at times. I think you can see the difference of a top player playing with belief or without it. That's something you have to cope with in football and something we strive to achieve."

He added: "There is a new pressure, an added pressure that comes with situations like mine but I've had the experience of being part of the Olympics, which was a help in terms of starting this Premier League season.

"I said to myself that I'm going to approach this year the same as I've approached any other in my football career and give it everything I can, and at the end of the day say to myself: 'Have you given your best?' If you have, you can't do any more than that."

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