Allardyce enjoys Anfield again as Liverpool and Spurs suffer late pain


Liverpool entertain West Bromwich Albion - under new manager Sam Allardyce - on Sunday aiming to strengthen their grip at the Premier League summit and extend a club-record unbeaten home run of 66 games. To deserve to win (against West Brom) I think we should have done more.

Newcastle's season is delicately poised as they are only one win away from moving into mid-table and getting close to the 10th-place spot Bruce said was the aim for the campaign.

If Burnley's players were aggrieved at that decision - replays suggested Pope might have got a touch to the ball - they were even more upset at not being awarded a penalty of their own in the 19th when Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier came out to collect a high ball and appeared to jump into the back of Burnley defender Ben Mee.

Allardyce has also spoken about the forthcoming transfer window and trying to find "maybe more than one, or maybe more than two (suitable players to bring in)".

Allardyce was then asked if he thought leadership was something of a lost art, and he said: "The controversy around that is we've coached it out of them".

"I'm not sure if it has something to do with confidence, it's about experience and so far we did it".

West Brom remain second bottom, but are now within five points of safety. That's how it is and that doesn't change.

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"We are not happy about it, we are the opposite".

"We're not the most constructive in terms of the amount of goals we score, that's obvious to see, so goals are precious to us".

Recently promoted West Brom sacked manager Slaven Bilic after the Baggies managed just one win in 13 games.

"For me personally, it was a really special feeling because in my career I always wanted to progress, so a move from Monaco to Liverpool was something great for this moment in my career", the former Monaco midfielder said.

The Reds are without first choice pair Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez after both suffered serious knee injuries earlier on in the season, while boss Jurgen Klopp has also confirmed Joel Matip will miss the next three weeks with an adductor injury.

There has been little time to do a full analysis of Newcastle, but Klopp is fully prepared to face striker Callum Wilson after he was rested against Manchester City on Boxing Day as a precaution after taking a knock on his ankle. "I saw a lot of guts, a lot of determination and a lot of quality".

"Everyone is talking about that, about us being lucky because of the save, but it was not save after save", he said. We had to keep going and they defended with all they had but then we were left with just one player up front.