Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen determined to return next season a better player

The £15m signing underwent surgery

Joe Allen hopes Liverpool fans will see the best of him next season after undergoing surgery on his troublesome shoulder.

The 23-year-old Wales midfielder will miss the rest of this campaign having gone under the knife to correct the long-standing issue with his left shoulder, which had left him in discomfort while playing.

Allen followed manager Brendan Rodgers from Swansea to Anfield last summer for a £15million fee, and made an encouraging start to life on Merseyside.

His form tailed off as the season went on, but he hopes with a full pre-season behind him he can win the approval of the Reds' faithful.

He told the club website: "The fans have definitely not seen the best of me yet.

"It's no secret that recent months haven't gone great for me. I am confident and faithful that next season I can perform a lot better.

"Unfortunately this season's a write-off in regards to the injury but the plan is, and I've got a bit of time, to make sure it's right over the summer break in time for pre-season."

He added: "It's difficult to say [whether the injury affected my game] - I don't want to use it as an excuse, that's for sure. But I'd like to see how it is once it's fixed and I'd like to think it's going to help me massively.

"I'm excited and looking forward to being 100 per cent fit. These things can often play on your mind. Hopefully this will bring out the best in me."

Rodgers, meanwhile, will not make a decision on Andy Carroll's Liverpool future until the end of the season.

The striker, signed by Kenny Dalglish for £35 million in January 2011, has spent the season on loan at West Ham after Rodgers deemed him not to be part of his plans for the current campaign.

Reports in the national media suggest Carroll will be sold by the Reds this summer, with Liverpool prepared to cut their losses if any club is willing to meet a £17million valuation.

When asked about Carroll's future, Rodgers told Fox Sports: "It's nothing to discuss now. It's something we'll speak about at the end of the season.

"We've monitored it (his form) very closely. We've had representatives from Liverpool at most of the games.

"It's obviously been a difficult season for Andy because his initial idea was he wanted to go out and play every week, but unfortunately for him he's picked up some injuries since he's been away.

"But he scored two very good goals at the weekend and he'll be looking to finish the season on a high and achieve the objectives he wanted to before he went out."

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