Lee Trundle column: Joe Allen will come good at Liverpool
JOE Allen is going through a bit of a tough time at Liverpool — but I'm certain he'll come through it.
I don't think people realise just how much pressure comes with pulling on that famous red jersey.
People on Merseyside are like people from Swansea — hugely passionate about football.
Liverpool fans are incredibly proud of their football club. It's all they talk about and living under such intense scrutiny can be tough.
Just look at Jonjo Shelvey. Since arriving at Swansea he has looked like a totally different player. He has been superb.
I think some people were expecting Joe to hit top form straight away, and from what I've seen, he's played pretty well.
He has done as well as anybody could reasonably have expected.
And I'm convinced as Joe becomes more settled on Merseyside he will get even better.
I've known for a long time exactly how good Joe is, since he was about 16 in fact.
Promising youth players are often asked to come training with the first team, and that's what happened to Joe when I was in my first spell at Swansea.
Often they are timid, overawed and out of their depth. But not Joe.
He was only small, but threw himself into sessions, tackling, scrapping and arguing with people. He was not the slightest bit phased by the experience.
It was his attitude as much as anything else that convinced me he was going to make it.
When I realised he had tremendous ability as well, it was obvious he would reach the top.