Allardyce in wind-up mode at his pre-match press conference.
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has been stoking the fire ahead of this weekend’s visit of Liverpool to Upton Park, report the Mirror, after suggesting that complaints from Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard following the fixture last season forced the Premier League to create the grass police!
Liverpool were unhappy with the length of the Upton Park turf after their narrow win in East London last season, with rules having been introduced this summer restricting the length of grass at Premier League grounds.
This move has annoyed Allardyce, with inspectors now checking the length of the turf ahead of Premier League games after the rules were introduced this summer:
“There is only a certain grass height that we now have to stick to. It’s never been too much of a problem for me that two teams play on a pitch that is the same for both of us, whatever the pitch might be. I don’t know what the next thing is that we will be instructed to do. I just think that they take those small little things too far.”
The clash between the Hammers and Liverpool at Upton Park last season was a particularly fractious one, with two contentious penalties awarded to the Reds having proven to be the difference.
The match has taken on a huge significance for Liverpool after a difficult week that saw them beaten by Aston Villa at Anfield in a shock Premier League result, before a tense victory over Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets Razgrad in a midweek Champions League tie.