Last Saturday’s defeat at Newcastle, followed by an uninspiring goalless draw in Wednesday’s Europa League game with Utrecht has left many fans in doubt (if they hadn’t already) that the 63-year-old is not the right man for the job. And if that wasn’t enough, a phone-in on the club’s TV channel (with the new owners as special guests) gave John Henry and Tom Werner an idea of how the fans were feeling right now if they didn’t already.
However, their comments during the show were not the words Hodgson were hoping to hear. Henry commented: “There’s no doubt about it that this season and the second half of last season was unacceptable for Liverpool, and we are in sync with the fans for what it’s going to take going forward.
“It doesn’t take a lot of time for the club to go downhill but it takes time to rebuild, and over the last two years there have been some short-term decisions which have really hurt the club.
“Where we are at this point is not acceptable, but when I say rebuilding I mean building for the top of the table. That’s going to be really difficult to do this year and a real challenge next year as well.”
If the Liverpool manager is to turn his fortunes around, a win against Fulham is a must. With just two wins all season, the draw specialists of the Premier League (with ten) lie 17th, only goal difference keeping them out of the bottom three.
The Cottagers look a pale shadow of the side that reached last season’s Europa League final and history suggests that a win at Anfield will be an impossible job having never won there before. However, recent history in this fixture suggests that a draw could be likely having gained a point from L4 on their last two visits.
With the winter period coming up, the next five fixtures provide the Reds with a great opportunity to pick up maximum points. But anything less and the New Year will bring little respite to the bereaved Liverpool manager.
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