Midfielder Joe Allen admits he is playing for his long-term future at Liverpool but has no plans to go out on loan.

Reds midfielder playing for his place

Reds midfielder playing for his place

The Wales international had made just one Premier League start this season - at Newcastle a month ago - and, with contract discussions, which began last March, on hold the 25-year-old admits he has to work hard.

"That is something which has gone very quiet so I am not too sure really," he said of talks over his contract, which expires in 2017.

"I have made only one league start this season and I want to play more, I think that is obvious for any player in that situation.

"From my point of view it is about knuckling down, doing my job and giving my best, which I always do."

With Euro 2016 on the horizon Allen needs more pitch time in order to press his international claims and his performance in the 1-0 Capital One Cup semi-final first leg win at Stoke was arguably one of his best.

However, with Liverpool's current injury crisis - 11 first-teamers are unavailable to manager Jurgen Klopp - there is a greater chance of him seeing more action so the prospect of going out on loan seems unlikely.

"There is nothing to report," he added when asked whether he had considered his short-term options.

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