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Published: 11:42 | 10/5/16

Allen relaxed over contract talks

Joe Allen is happy to wait until the summer before holding talks over his Liverpool future, preferring to focus on making the Europa League final line-up.

Jurgen Klopp has been impressed with Allen in recent weeks, describing him as a 'great player' but the Wales international has yet speak to club officials about a new contract.

Talks are due to begin at the end of the season and Allen is relaxed about the situation, believing it is right to wait until after the Europa League final.

"I can’t say there have been any changes on that," Allen told the Liverpool Echo when asked about his contract.

"The manager has said that between now and the end of the season it’s not the right time to talk about those things.

"I think that works out well for everyone."

Ahead of last weekend's win over Watford, Klopp urged his team to “play Joe Allen football”. It was a bi compliment for the 26-year-old, who is desperate to be included in Klopp's plans for the Europa League final against Sevilla.

"It was a nice compliment from the manager. It was a good day and I was just pleased to help the team win," he went on.

"With the final looming we want to use every opportunity we get out there on the pitch to build momentum.

"Any time you step out for this team, you are playing to prove you should be involved in the next game, whatever that game is.

"But of course there is an added incentive in some ways when there’s a final coming up.

"It was important how we were able to freshen things up against Watford after Thursday night’s tough game and still be able to get the result.

"Thursday was a huge game and the atmosphere was incredible. But my personal mindset is that when I cross that white line my focus is always on performing and helping the team, regardless of who we’re playing. I don’t struggle to motivate myself.

"Now it’s Chelsea and that’s a fixture this club always looks forward to.

"It’s a good one to have as our last home game of the season. Let’s hope we can perform again, get a result and keep building momentum."

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