The Reds travel to White Hart Lane this Sunday as manager Roy Hodgson pits his wits against Harry Redknapp and Tottenham Hotspur.
When Fabio Capello’s job as England manager looked under threat over the summer both of these managers were linked with taking the job off his hands. No doubt there is much relief amongst Spurs fans that Capello stayed in his post and they didn’t lose their boss. Liverpool fans (by and large uninterested in England’s fortunes) would gladly hand their boss over to the FA (or any other side) right now.
The mood in the two camps, certainly as far as supporters are concerned, couldn’t be much different – but that could all change on Sunday. How will the game go, who’s going to be in amongst the goals? Will there be any goals?
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Liverpool are in a transitional period, new manager Roy Hodgson needs to be given more time to settle into the job, players were late back from the World Cup and either aren’t fully fit are haven’t been to enough training sessions for Roy to really know them yet.
They are just some of the reasons put forward to try and explain an awful start to Liverpool’s league season; those reasons are rapidly becoming excuses.
When the manager himself uses them it seems all the more worrying, but that is how Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson spoke after today’s 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford against one the club’s old enemies. Dimitar Berbatov’s hat-trick meant Steven Gerrard’s brace counted for nothing, although it at least kept the club’s goal-difference at ‘just’ -3 from the opening five games.
Hodgson said: “We are certainly in a transitional period. I don’t think it needs to be negative; sometimes they can be very good for a club. Certainly the task has been complicated by the fact I didn’t get a chance to work with the players because of the World Cup and with the Europa qualifiers starting so early, we were thrown into the deep end of competitive football.”
He also spoke of what was to come, what the targets were: “Our aim is to get better. Our aim is still to try and get to the Champions League, maybe that’s where I need to have my focus. If we are good enough to get into the top four, who knows, maybe we can get closer to the number one position. I won’t say we can’t do it, nor will I say we can do it.”
In reality nobody expects a title challenge from Liverpool this season. This season there is an air that survival is the target. Not league survival, but survival as a team that might one day be able to challenge for the title again. Survival in the sense of not letting the gap between this club and Chelsea grow any wider than it already is. Hodgson will be well aware of this.
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15 August 2010 – Premier League – Result
Liverpool 1 (Ngog 46)
Arsenal 1 (Reina (og) 90+1)
New season, new manager and a couple of new players – but for now it’s still the same old owners and the bad luck they brought with them in 2007. That bad luck was at its worse on the field last season with injuries, beach balls and volcanoes all playing a part in a season that was bad from start to finish. Today’s events suggest that it’s not gone away yet – but that there’s plenty of fight in the squad to prevent it taking hold.
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