Rodgers hails Allen Liverpool start after off-field upheaval

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed how well Joe Allen has handled his off-field dramas.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed how well Joe Allen has handled his off-field dramas.

What some might not realise is that he has settled in seamlessly while going through plenty of upheaval off the pitch.

"I think it's remarkable how quickly he has settled," said Rodgers to liverpoolfc.com.

"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."

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