Brendan Rodgers hailed new signing Joe Allen's footballing ability as 'frightening' - and promised Reds fans they will be in for a treat when the youngster takes to the field as a Liverpool player.

The Wales international became Liverpool's second summer signing on Friday when he completed a switch from Swansea City.

And Rodgers insisted the midfielder's ability to keep composure on the ball and maintain possession under pressure marks him out as a unique talent in British football.

"This boy, when you see him play, you would think he was a European player," he told the Liverpool Echo. "He is a unique player in that he is a British player who doesn't give the ball away.

"He's incredible on the ball. His body work and intelligence for a 22-year-old is frightening.

"You will see when he comes into this team the difference he can make. His game understanding is very good, and he is in love with the football.

"He wants the ball all the time, and he has so much courage to get on the ball and play. I think he will fit in really well with all the other clever players we have at the club."

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