Thursday 24 January 2019

Allardyce glad Hammers don't have to face Suarez

Sam Allardyce believes the Premier League is a worse place without Luis Suarez - but is glad the Uruguay forward will not be lining up for Liverpool tomorrow.

The Reds sold Suarez to Barcelona in the summer after he had been banned for the third time in his career for biting an opponent following an altercation with Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.

Despite investing the money received from Barcelona into a number of new players, including attacking replacement Mario Balotelli, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has already seen his side lose two league games this season in Suarez's absence.

They travel to Upton Park looking to recover from a poor outing in their last league fixture, a home defeat to Aston Villa, and Allardyce is pleased he will not have to come up with a game plan to keep Suarez quiet.

"From a selfish point of view, yes," he said when asked if he was pleased Suarez (above) had left England.

"From a Premier League overall view, no. Those players you want to keep in this country and play in this country.

"There has been a huge amount of talent brought by Liverpool on the back of that fee.


"It looks like they took a stand on the basis that it was time (to sell him) after the troubles he has had. He is sorely missed in terms of his talent but, obviously with him not playing against us, we are rather glad about that."

With Suarez sold and Daniel Sturridge nursing a thigh injury, ex-Manchester City striker Balotelli is likely to lead the line for the visitors on Saturday.

The Italy international scored the opening goal in Liverpool's tight Champions League victory over the unfancied Ludogorets on Tuesday night.

And Allardyce is ready to exploit any European hangover they may have after their first outing in the competition under Rodgers.

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