Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen admits he was given a lesson by Real Madrid's Luka Modric this week.

The Wales star has impressed since making the £15million switch to Liverpool from Swansea in the summer.

But the chasing from Modric in Tuesday's 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Croatia made him realise he still has a long way to go.

Allen said: "Modric is some player.

"I think he showed me that I have still probably got quite a lot of work to do in order to get anywhere near his level.

"He's a top player but for me personally it was disappointing because he controlled the game for them and was comfortable throughout."