Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has conceded that he struggled to cope with the weight of expectation put upon him after his move from Swansea last summer.
Allen joined the Reds for £15m at the end of the 2011/12 season but after an initial honeymoon period at the club, the 23-year-old struggled for form during the season.
His campaign was ended in March after he underwent surgery on a long-term shoulder problem.
Allen returned to pre-season training last week at the club's training base in Melwood, and is set to feature heavily in his side's friendly schedule before they kick off their Premier League campaign at home to Stoke on August 17.
However Allen has told the Liverpool Echo that he will not be setting any personal targets for himself this season, after the pressures he faced last term.
“I think last season I may have put myself under too much pressure with things like that," Allen said.
“So it’s a case of just giving my best every day in training and in every match. That’s all I can do really.
"I think for anyone, your first year at a new club can be tough in some ways, but I feel settled here now and I’m looking forward to a fresh start with the coming season."
Allen and his Liverpool side will be hoping to challenge strongly for Champions League qualification this season after already tying up deals for Iago Aspas, Kolo Toure, Luis Alberto and Simon Mignolet.
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