Liverpool news – Everton v Liverpool team news, Hodgson defends Torres, Sacking so soon not Liverpool’s style

Hodgson defends Torres.

Fernando Torres is likely to start in the Merseyside derby this lunchtime having recovered from the muscle strain picked up during the defeat to Blackpool two weeks ago. Roy Hodgson believes today is the perfect opportunity for the Spanish striker to manoeuvre his way back into form after enduring a difficult summer and start to the season.

“The one thing we have to remember about Fernando Torres is that he’s a human being who has come in for an enormous amount of criticism, not least during the World Cup from people in Spain and around the world,” he told The Guardian. Whilst hoping for a return to form, he refused to make excuses for Torres’ goal drought: “The cry goes up ‘What’s happened to Fernando Torres?’ Maybe nothing’s happened to Fernando Torres. Maybe he’s not playing very well and he’s not happy not playing well. Could it just be that?”

Sacking so soon not Liverpool’s style.

It would be a “sad day for football” were Roy Hodgson to be sacked from Liverpool so soon after the ownership of the club has changed hands. Those were the words of the Liverpool manager himself speaking on to defend his record throughout his 35-year managerial career. He claimed that sacking him now after just seven league games at the club would be entirely out of sync with Liverpool’s tradition for being patient with their managers. Sacking him on the basis of a poor first three months in charge wouldn’t be “Liverpool’s style,” he claimed.

Everton vs Liverpool team news.

Fernando Torres and Paul Konchesky both look likely to return to Liverpool’s line-up for this lunchtime’s kickoff against Everton. In spite of struggling with fitness and form over the past few months, Torres has recovered from a muscle strain to put himself in contention, whilst Konchesky makes his comeback from a hamstring injury suffered against Sunderland last month. Fabio Aurelio too is on the verge of contesting a first-team place after trouble with his Achilles tendon, although today’s match may come too soon for the Brazilian left-back, reports.

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