BRENDAN RODGERS says he has no worries about the form of Joe Allen, though admits the Liverpool midfielder’s form has dipped recently.
“I think it’s one where, first and foremost, the level that he set in his first few months was really high,” said the Reds boss when asked about the former Swansea man.
“I think he’s been terrific since he’s been here, but he’s probably just dropped off a notch or so recently.
“There are a number of reasons for that. He became a father recently, and obviously we know all the tiring things that kick in when that happens. If you’re not resting and sleeping when you’re travelling a lot, then all these factors can take a small percentage out of your game.
“But I’ve got no worries about Joe. He’s a tough boy, mentally, and he will continue to improve here.
“And the one thing about him, whether he’s playing good, bad or indifferent, he always gives 100 per cent, and that is all we will ever want from players here.
“Obviously we want quality, but as long as they’re fighting for the shirt, then that is important. He will always do that.”