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Liverpool midfielder Allen: I was ready for intense scrutiny

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen says he's learning to live with the scrutiny of being an Anfield star.

Allen is aware that his price-tag has been the cause of debate.

But Wales international Allen said: "I don't look at opinions about me as criticism. I treat them as opinions and if they come from people who have achieved a lot in the game, then I take them on board and see if I can learn from them.

"People will have more opinions about me now I'm playing for a club like Liverpool and that is something will get better at dealing with.

"I knew the £15m price-tag would be a ­challenge in itself, but I was ready for that and to prove my worth.

"I also knew I was moving to a massive club and that has certainly been the case.

"The main difference between being a Swansea player and a Liverpool player is that at Liverpool everything you do and every minute you play is scrutinised."

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