Liverpool star discusses contract situation, admits he is playing for his future more than ever

The Liverpool midfielder insists he is not focusing on the lack of discussion over his contract but knows he has to prove himself when given the chance.

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has told the Liverpool Echo that he is not focusing on his contract situation but admits he may be playing for his future at the club now more than ever with only a single year left on his deal.

The Welshman's contract at Anfield expires in 14 months' time and there is no suggestion of the club being proactive in looking to extend his stay at the club.

Reds captain Jordan Henderson's injury has handed the 26-year-old a chance to stake a claim for a regular midfield under Jurgen Klopp in the remaining weeks of a season during which he has featured 27 times in all competitions.

He was handed a first start in three weeks as Klopp made seven changes on Sunday against Stoke and impressed during a 4-1 win, being given a rousing ovation as he was substituted late on.

The former Swansea City man insisted to the Echo that he is only focusing on taking his chance to shine at the club but admitted that more may be hinging on his performances on Merseyside.

Allen told the Liverpool Echo: "At a club like Liverpool you are always playing for your future. Maybe more so now than ever before for me but it's not something I've thought too much about or focused too much on.

"My focus all season has been on staking a claim. Inevitably there are injuries and suspensions throughout the season so you will get opportunities.

"My aim hasn't changed. It's about trying to make sure when you get an opportunity that you take it with both hands. There is a lot still to play for this season and there's still a lot to achieve. I want to be a part of that."

After coming on as a half-time substitute in the first leg, Allen will be hoping he has impressed enough to warrant retaining his place in Klopp's side for the second leg of the Europa League quarter-final tie with Borussia Dortmund on what is sure to be a special night at Anfield on Thursday.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch