Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has admitted that he must improve his form to justify the £14m Liverpool paid Swansea to bring him to Anfield.
Despite arriving on Merseyside as one of the manager's favourites from their time together at previous club Swansea, Allen has failed to live up to his price-tag, and in recent weeks he has been forced to watch from the sidelines following Lucas' return from injury and the exceptional form of Jordan Henderson.
With Philippe Coutinho arriving from Inter Milan last month, there is now even more competition for places and Allen knows he must improve to regain his starting role at the club.
"Everyone knows my form hasn't been great. It's been disappointing not to have been involved in every game," Allen told The Sun.
"But it's up to me now to work hard and get myself back in the team and improve my level of performance.
"I'm a perfectionist and maybe that's my problem — sometimes I get frustrated and disappointed when things aren't perfect."
Allen got off to a good start at Liverpool, going straight into the first-team and impressing, whilst the team collectively struggled somewhat.
Yet Allen has since fallen out of favour and has not started any of the last three games. Coincidentally, the teams fortunes have improved too, despite being held by Manchester City on Sunday after taking the lead late on.
The 22-year-old midfielder stated his belief that Liverpool deserved more from the game, but ultimately coming away from the Etihad Stadium with a point is a good result for any side.
"It's almost the story of the season," said Allen. "We've deserved more than we've got and Sunday's game at Manchester City was probably a prime example of that."
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