I owe Rodgers everything, insists Allen as 15m Anfield new boy lauds boss
12:50 GMT, 28 August 2012
15million Anfield new boy Joe Allen insists he is 'desperate to pay back' Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers for shaping him into the player he is.
The Wales and Team GB international followed Rodgers to Merseyside this summer in from Barclays Premier League rivals Swansea.
Brendan is boss: Liverpool new boy Joe Allen has lauded the influence of manager Brendan Rodgers
Although his debut ended in an opening day defeat at West Brom, his home bow against Manchester City last weekend provided plenty of positives.
Now the 22-year-old midfielder is determined build on his performance in that 2-2 draw against the champions and help Rodgers side push for their desired top-four finish.
'When someone gives you responsibility and shows faith in you, like he [Rodgers] did with me, it makes you desperate to pay it back,' Allen said, speaking to the club's official website.
'He certainly has been a key figure in my career so far. He’s a brilliant coach and person, someone who you are desperate to please.
'Although I’d been in and around the squad in previous years at Swansea, Brendan helped me progress my game.
Stuck in: Allen is already enjoying life on Merseyside
'And a lot of the other lads in my age bracket felt the same way.'
Allen believes his new team-mate are already enjoying playing under Rodgers, who he has backed to guide Liverpool to the next level, as he did as Swansea manager which saw the entertaining South Wales side branded 'Swanselona'.
'I’ve spoken to the lads and the feeling I get is that they are looking forward to working underneath him,' Allen added.
'I think a lot of players will enjoy his training methods and his approach towards everything.
'From the moment he walked through the doors at Swansea, there was a feeling that he was going to take the club onto the next level. And he did.'