As Sir Alex Ferguson today meets with Manchester United Chief Executive David Gill to decide whether or not to sell Wayne Rooney during the forthcoming January transfer window, Roy Hodgson admitted that Liverpool may be vulnerable to a bid for Fernando Torres should United decide to sell.
“I’m not naive enough to believe there won’t be any danger and we will never lose a player like Torres,” he admitted in the Independent. “We will do our best to ensure he stays,” he promised. Liverpool will not be the only club vulnerable to bids for their star strikers should Rooney be allowed to leave, and the sensationalism of such a potential transfer is highlighted by the fact that the previous Liverpool player to be sold directly to Manchester United was Ted Savage in 1938.
Hodgson’s position weakened.
The novelty of being flown to Naples for tonight’s Europa League group game with Napoli will soon have worn of Roy Hodgson upon learning that Liverpool’s Managerial Director Christian Purslow was to depart the club.
Purslow was a crucial figure in appointing Hodgson to replace Rafa Benitez as manager and as such his departure is said in The Guardian to severely weaken the former Fulham manager’s position at the club. After a terrible start to the 2010/11 Premier League season, to the extent that in the wake of the Blackpool defeat the fans were singing Kenny Dalglish’s name, Hodgson’s position has came under serious threat. Purslow’s departure only serves to exacerbate it.
Carragher backs boss.
Since making his debut for the club in 1996, Jamie Carragher has been a one club man, through the transition from the Spice Boys era, through the reigns of Gerrard Houllier and Rafa Benitez to the struggles the club finds itself in today. Therefore he is perfectly placed to be rational about Liverpool’s precarious league position.
“It hasn’t always been rosy playing for Liverpool,” he told the Daily Telegraph, reminding us that this is not the first struggle facing Liverpool in recent times. “Last season wasn’t great and I remember going 12 games without a win under Gerrard Houllier, so it hasn’t always been plain sailing.”
It is also up to the players, he said, to impress Hodgson, “not the other way round,” as so much media speculation has insinuated. Hodgson, he argues, is perfectly up to the job.