Big Sam on: Liverpool

Sam Allardyce faced the media on Thursday morning ahead of the weekend's Barclays Premier League trip to Liverpool.

The Hammers are looking for a first win at Anfield in over half-a-century, but Big Sam revealed that he has some injury concerns.

Good morning Sam, do you have a clean bill of health for Saturday's game with Liverpool?

SA: "No, we've got a few knocks and bruises. One or two lads have been receiving treatment this week, particularly Alex Song, James Tomkins and Carl Jenkinson. We're also waiting on James Collins so hopefully they'll be fit for Saturday but we're going to have to wait patiently. Everyone else is OK."

Are any of those four definitely out?

SA: "Not definitely. Carl Jenkinson and James Tomkins are touch and go. James Collins is joining in with training today so if there's no reaction he should be OK. Joey O'Brien has had a slight hamstring issue so we'll have to wait and see tomorrow."

How will Diafra Sakho be travelling to Liverpool?

SA: "How do you think?"

In a nice comfy limousine?

SA: "Yes, just like the one he went to Bristol in, the same chauffeur too."

Are you worried at all that he could face a ban?

SA: "No, I'm not worried at all about it. We've stuck to every rule and regulation in the book by the FA and by FIFA. We haven't broken any rule or regulation whatsoever. We're extremely disappointed in Senegal's reaction, it's not like they haven't had Cheikhou Kouyate."

How's Diafra coping with the situation?

SA: "He's coping fine with it because he's got nothing to burn his bridges about. The situation is between the Club and Senegal not with Diafra. They've fallen out with us, not us with them, although we could have done. We've kept a professional level like we always do."