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Hodgson happy to ease pressure

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Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson admits a first victory in eight matches has lifted some of the pressure building at Anfield and insists he does not feel his job is under threat.

Hodgson labelled the match against Blackburn as a "must-win" game and speculation began to grow that the 63-year-old had two fixtures to save himself from the sack. Such wild rumours appear wide of the mark and Hodgson refuses to accept his position may be in jeopardy after the £300million takeover by New England Sports Ventures (NESV).

"Mass media talk these days says 'Lose two games and let's sack the coach and start all over again'," he said after the 2-1 victory over Blackburn at Anfield on Sunday. "I divorce myself from all of that, it is not something I feel among the players or the staff."

He added: "I'm not certain the people here (NESV) have that type of mindset, they are top sportspeople.

"They took over the Boston Red Sox, who weren't doing very well, and turned them into a champion team."

A number of NESV representatives were in the crowd to see the win, although principal owner John W Henry remained in the United States because of illness.

"There were a lot of people here from the organisation here so I'm pretty sure his (Henry's) phone was buzzing and he'll be pretty happy with the performance," he added.

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