Roy Hodgson is not having a good end to the year. Wolves beating us at home last night for the second time in 60 years shows just how serious the situation is. Steven Ward scored the goal for Wolves after 55 minutes, when Skrtel failed to cut out a pass, leaving Reina one-on-one with Ward who got the better of Liverpool’s keeper.
It’s understandable why Rafa Benitez’s name has come into play again given he’s recently left Inter, and we hear Kenny Dalglish increasingly being bandied about as a possible successor, especially given Roy’s post-match comments. Hodgson said:
It was a performance way below what we are capable of and what we wanted to give. I’d like to give Wolves credit, but I think we were a bit unlucky to lose the game, probably 0-0 would have been a fair result. But it was nowhere near our expectations or hopes.
It was a bad day at the office, there was plenty of effort but no end product and the players are very disappointed in there. The fans have left angry and that’s understandable. However, it would be dangerous to clear a lot of players out on the basis of one game. We wanted our renaissance to start today, but it hasn’t happened. Panic would be the wrong thing to do but I’m not the sole arbiter of that.
We’ve had to live with negativity ever since I came here. The famous Anfield support has not really been there – there were problems with the owners and they have been singing for Kenny. I can only hope these ‘fans’ become ‘supporters’ as well because this is a time when the club needs support.
On the flip side in the summer Hodgson was clearly the best man for the job, he’d had a number of very succesful seasons at Fulham, has European experience with other clubs and was seen to be an elder statesman of the Premiership. He’s had to deal with Mascherano being sold as he took over, and then the mess as our previous owners were deciding if they’d like to sell/not sell the club.
In one sense he shouldn’t lose his job yet, but then again it’s completely unacceptable for Liverpool to be struggling to finish in the top 7 and clearly going to miss out on Champions League football again. Any thoughts?