Friday, 1 October 2010
Hodgson must get a response at Anfield
Liverpool football club are a shambles off the pitch and are starting to resemble one on the pitch as well. This is the view held by the majority of the football media. There is no argument whatsoever about their finances, they are in a perilous position thanks to their American owners and one hopes they can resolve this in the near future.
The choice to bring in Roy Hodgson was a wise one; he will not suffer fools and will simply get on with the job in hand. What little transfer funds he has had his disposal he has spent wisely and thoughtfully. The addition of Konchesky is a stop gap but having managed him at Fulham Hodgson will know how to get the best out of him. The 2 Bosman signings of Cole and Jovanovic was shrewd financial business and the addition of Meireles could prove to be one of the buys of the season. The biggest problems confronting the manager is getting the best out of Torres and giving confidence to the other players.
Fernando Torres is an exceptional player and one of the best strikers in world football. Liverpool became too reliant on him last year and Benitez must take the brunt of the blame as he continued to play him when he wasn’t fit. He has played almost 3 years of constant football (including Confederations Cup) and the man simply needs a break. However, Liverpool just do not have the strength in depth up front that they should have.
Their start to the season has not been easy; at home to Arsenal and Sunderland whilst travelling away to Old Trafford and the stadium of Manchester. The pressure on the squad is mounting at the moment and they need a good home win to restore some of the faith in themselves and their loyal fans. This weekend they face Blackpool at home and they must win to ensure the pressure does not continue to mount.