Liverpool news – Fans call for Dalglish, Benitez defends record, Hodgson admits work to be done

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Fans call for Dalglish.

As Liverpool’s attempt to conjure an equaliser became more desperate by the attack, Anfield raised its collective voice. The words ‘Dalglish, Dalglish, Dalglish’ provided the refrain to their futile final attacks, writes The Guardian. Following defeats to Manchester City, Northampton and Manchester United and laborious performances against Sunderland, FC Utrecht and Birmingham, sections of Liverpool’s support seem to have lost their faith in Roy Hodgson. The message behind the chants was simple – Hodgson out and Dalglish in.

The 2-1 defeat ensconces Liverpool in the relegation zone, where they will stay for the next two weeks. With a meagre six points from seven games, their next test is the Merseyside derby with fellow strugglers Everton, who nevertheless have been buoyed by this weekend’s defeat of Birmingham. Whether Hodgson will be there to oversee it is at the moment highly debatable.

Benitez defends record.

At most clubs, an era of management which brought with it a Champions League and F.A. Cup, as well as a sustained Premier League title tilt would be considered an unqualified success. Liverpool is different however and towards the end of Rafa Benitez’s reign as Liverpool slipped to seventh in the Premier League, frustrations began to run high. The quality of the squad has been cited as a reason for Roy Hodgson’s early struggles.

Benitez disagrees, telling The Guardian, “When I left we had a better squad than in the past, and a better team.”

Hodgson admits work to be done.

Presuming the cries from the Kop are not rewarded and Roy Hodgson is not replaced by Kenny Dalglish, the current manager has a lot of work to do over this international fortnight. “There are a lot of things to sort out,” Hodgson admitted in The Independent, “but I know the spirit is there.”

His worries are not so much about results, but extracting the best possible performances from his players. “My concerns are not about relegation but the fact that we are not fulfilling our potential from minute one to minute 90.” Solving this conundrum will surely eradicate the darkest of Anfield fears about Liverpool’s fate this season.

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