Sam Allardyce: Liverpool “weren’t outstanding at all,” injuries downed West Ham

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Despite knocking off his West Ham United side 2-0 at Anfield on Saturday, Sam Allardyce wasn’t all that impressed with the performance of Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool. Speaking in his post-game television interview (above video), Allardyce felt injuries played a bigger role in the game’s result than did Liverpool’s own doing.

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“Due to our injury problems, it’s cost us anything we might have got here today. I don’t think that Liverpool were outstanding at all — certainly in the first half, we could see that. What we didn’t do was play as well as we could.”

When asked whether he might address the injury “crisis” currently tearing through his defense, Allardyce responded quickly, “Probably not. Not in the central defensive area, because you end up pulling somebody from abroad who probably hasn’t played for his club and because he hasn’t played for his club, wouldn’t be up to speed coming and playing at this level of football.”