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2012-12-07T11:24:00 Updated 2015-02-19T01:35:50

Big Sam on Liverpool

Sam Allardyce has challenged his West Ham United side to reach the same level of performance they attained in beating Chelsea last weekend when Liverpool come to town.

The Hammers go into Sunday's Barclays Premier League fixture at the Boleyn Ground three places and three points above the Reds, but Big Sam knows his players will not have it easy against Brendan Rodgers' improving team.

The manager shared his thoughts on a wide range of issues during his pre-match press conference. To watch the press conference in full, log in or subscribe to West Ham TV.

What have you made of Brendan Rodgers' start at Liverpool and what is your take on Sunday's game?

SA - "I think it's all about having to cope with managing a club like Liverpool which has a fantastic history and tradition. They now have a very ambitious manager who will try to take them forward to the next level. Brendan Rodgers is in the infancy of his reign and is just starting to get his team playing and the results that he wants. I think it is more about his results than the way his team is playing because it is a results-business that we're in. I think it'll be a good game. We've looked at the situation and from our point of view we're pleased that Luis Suarez is not playing because he has been an outstanding centre forward in the Premier League this season. Without him, they are not quite as big of a goal-scoring force as they would be with him, so we want to take advantage of that on Sunday."

How do you think Brendan Rodgers has handled the pressure of managing a big club like Liverpool?

SA - "I'm sure he will find it difficult, as every job is when you're taking over at a new club. Everyone in Liverpool wants the club to get back to where they think Liverpool should be - that's the expectation and that's what he has got to try to deliver as quickly as he possibly can. I'm sure he will continue to strengthen his team as quickly as he can."

Confidence must be flowing through your side after last weekend's victory over Chelsea?

SA - "We all felt the euphoria of what we achieved last Saturday. Our second-half performance was full of outstanding ability and we over-ran one of the top teams in Europe. We hit such levels of performance in the second half that it's now my job to sustain that because sustainability is the most difficult thing to do in the Barclays Premier League. After performances like that you can get a dip so it's my job to make sure we don't have a dip after that type of performance because we'll need to be up there again to beat a team like Liverpool. It's about the lads trying to maintain their outstanding level from last weekend."

How pleased were you for Carlton Cole that he got his first goal of the season against Chelsea?

SA - "It was a great comeback in terms of the fact he has waited patiently and I think his performance overall, including the goal and the time he scored it, was obviously a key element in us going on to win the game. I hope he can carry it on and continue to score goals because that has been one of our slight weaknesses - that our centre forwards haven't really scored enough. Everyone else has because we're one of the best clubs for sharing out goals in the Premier League. We've had lots of players scoring goals (14 so far) but we've not had anybody rattling the goals in apart from Kevin Nolan. Our great win came from clinical finishing and we want to continue that if we can."

What have you made of Mohamed Diame's impact since his arrival and where does he rank in terms of midfielders in the Barclays Premier League?

SA - "I think that he's improving since he has settled into a new environment. With no disrespect to Wigan, who have been in the Barclays Premier League a lot longer than we have, he has the pressure of a bigger crowd and a bigger club and he's responded to that. I think it has made him show his skills a little bit more. I think he has improved in his time with us and I hope he continues to do that. Of course, he scored a really good goal against Chelsea - not quite as the one he scored against Arsenal - so if he can keep putting the finishing touches to some of his good midfield play then we'll obviously have a very, very good player on our hands."

What is your reaction to West Ham United being made Highest-Ranked Bidder for the Olympic Stadium?

SA - "I think it's outstanding news for the club for the future. I know there is a long way to go but we're in the driving seat and I just hope they can continue to move it forward and deliver what would be a fantastic venue for the future of West Ham United. There is a wonderful atmosphere at Upton Park but I think there will be a better one at the Olympic Stadium."

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