Sam Allardyce was able to report a cleaner bill of health from the medical room as he turns his thoughts towards this weekend’s game at Anfield. James Tomkins, Loic Remy are back in training along with James McArthur and Patrick Van Aanholt who were involved in last weekend’s draw against Leicester after recently being sidelined with injuries.
Allardyce knows that with three games in seven days he will need to be able to call on as many of his squad members as possible.
“We have a few back out there training with us that haven’t been available in recent weeks which is ideal with a congested fixture period coming up, the busy week ahead sees us play on Sunday, then Wednesday and our third game in a week on the following Saturday. The full squad will be used over that period, obviously Mamadou cannot play on Sunday so that makes it important us having James Tomkins back available and Loic gives us another option on the front line.
“It’s good to have further options because we will need to use a number of different players over the week to rotate the squad having such big demands on the players with three big games over the week.”
The last two visits to Anfield have seen maximum points for the side but Allardyce is more interested in current form than what is listed in the history books.
“I am more concerned about our achievement over our last six games than what has happened in our last two visits there. Our current form should give us encouragement for this match but we will need our best performance up there for us to get something at Liverpool on Sunday.”