Slaven Speaks - Liverpool

Ahead of Tuesday's FA Cup replay with Liverpool, Slaven Bilic faced the media

Ahead of Tuesday's FA Cup fourth round replay with Liverpool, under the lights at the Boleyn Ground, Slaven Bilic faced the media. 

During the briefing, the manager fielded questions on team news, Daniel Sturridge and Jurgen Klopp. 

Morning Slaven, what team news do you have for us?

SB: "James Tomkins got injured in the Southampton game, he felt it before during the warm up but he said he was OK. At half-time he said he was OK but shortly after that it went, it’s a calf injury. He has a scan this morning, so after that we’ll know more. It’s probably a few weeks if we are lucky, maybe more. It’ll be two to four weeks."

What will you do at right-back with Sam Byram cup-tied?

SB: "We are OK, Sam is OK for the Premier League and also Joey O’Brien is back after a long absence. Of course he is a good player, his quality was never in doubt. Losing Tomkins is a big blow for us but we have options. It’s good we got Sam after what happened to Carl Jenkinson and with Joey we are well covered."

Is tomorrow night particularly difficult to plan for given you don’t know who you might come up against. Daniel Sturridge might be back tomorrow night?

SB: "He is a great player of course, he has been injured for a long time. We have played Liverpool many, many times, this is the third in a short space of time. They were different line ups every time. Whoever they play, they have good players, they are all Liverpool players. We are well prepared for whatever team they come with. I don’t see it as a big problem."