Monday, 4th October 2010
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that his side are in a relegation battle following yesterday’s 2-1 defeat at Anfield to Blackpool. The Reds were outplayed by Ian Holloway’s newly promoted side for periods of the Premier League clash and Liverpool supporters have been quick to turn on Hodgson. His latest comments will only add to their concerns over his suitability for the job.
"There are 31 games left, but when you are in the relegation zone you are in a relegation battle", said Hodgson, before going on to say that he was not yet focusing on beating the drop, but more on his players’ current form.
"I really don’t think my concerns are with relegation, my concerns are we are not playing to our full potential."
Reds fans will at least be relieved to hear that the former Fulham boss clearly sees the club’s current results as unacceptable. There had been unease amongst the fanbase when Hodgson praised Liverpool’s Europa League win over Trabzonspor as a "famous victory", dubbed an away draw with Utrecht a good result and indicated that expectations of Liverpool were too high.
Asked if current form was unacceptable, Hodgson replied: "Yes, of course it is. This is Liverpool. We are a big club and a big team and none of us would accept it is a correct total."