Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson admits he is aware of the criticism that he has failed to live up this price-tag since moving to Anfield.
Henderson is preparing to make his first return to Sunderland on Saturday following his big-money switch to Anfield in the summer.
The 21-year-old has yet to win over a large section of the Liverpool faithful, but Henderson is determined to improve and prove his critics wrong.
"Of course I've heard the criticism - you can't ignore it. And I accept they have a right to make it," Henderson told the Daily Mirror.
"When you look at the price-tag, then you're always going to get it. But the only response I can have is to try to keep improving - by playing as much as I can, to keep learning and keep getting better.
"You have setbacks in life - you've got to deal with them and use them to make you mentally stronger.
"It's not exactly been a horrendous season, but yeah, there have been difficult times. I've enjoyed it here, it's a massive club and it is not always as easy as people may think to settle in immediately.
"What do you do? You have to keep playing and improving, and at a club like this, with players of the quality of Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez around you, you are going to improve by learning from them.
"Results haven't always been as good as they should be in the league, and it is easy to make excuses.
"With me, I could say, 'I'm a young player, I've played in different positions', but I don't want to make any excuses.
"It could be better, and that's the bottom line. But there are a lot of positives too. We lost against Arsenal last week, but you saw how well we played, and we can take an awful lot of positives from that.
"It's about progression. That's why I came here, to progress, and I think I can do that."