Sam Allardyce names two Everton players he wanted to take off against Liverpool

Sam Allardyce looks on from the stand during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on November 29, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Everton were beaten 2-1 by Liverpool at Anfield in the FA Cup.

Sam Allardyce looks on from the stand during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on November 29, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Sam Allardyce has told Everton’s official website that he wanted to take Yannick Bolasie and James McCarthy off earlier against Liverpool.

Everton were beaten 2-1 by Liverpool at Anfield on Friday evening, as they exited the FA Cup.

Bolasie played the full match against Liverpool, while McCarthy was on the pitch for 86 minutes.

The pair are both only just returning from injury, and Allardyce admits that ideally he would have taken them off sooner.

Everton's French striker Yannick Bolasie (L) plays the ball as Liverpool's Scottish defender Andrew Robertson (R) defends during the English FA Cup third round football match between...

“I did not want to keep them [Bolasie and McCarthy] on the pitch for that long,” said Allardyce.

“As soon as I saw James was starting to stretch his calves he had to come off, but he did a brilliant job. And Yannick was worn out. I think he needed to go in an oxygen tent because he actually did far, far too much compared to what he really should have done.

“But, hopefully, that will get him up to speed quicker than we expected and James, hopefully, can have a run of games and stay fit."

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool and James McCarthy of Everton battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 19, 2016 in...

Everton scored their goal against Liverpool through Gylfi Sigurdsson, but it was not enough.

The Reds had taken the lead through James Milner from the penalty spot, before Virgil Van Dijk headed home the winner.

Everton’s starting line-up at Anfield proved that Allardyce was taking the competition seriously, but it seems that the Toffees will now have to focus on their Premier League form.

Everton are next in action on Saturday, when they take on Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur side at Wembley.

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