Hodgson plans 5 or 6 signings.
Roy Hodgson is believed to have targeted ‘five or six’ new signings in the January transfer window, according to reports on skysports.com. Top priority on his list of potential signings is a new striker. However, this should not cloud Fernando Torres’s future at Liverpool: it has long since been recognized that the Spaniard is inadequately backed-up at first-team level.
In what was his frankest admission of a lack of squad depth, Hodgson said: “We’re desperately short of players. Front players. Having three players up front, and that’s if you include Ryan Babel, is nowhere near good enough.”
Fernando Torres, he said, needed support, particularly during a time in which he is struggling for form. “If Fernando isn’t playing one week, you have to get someone in who has the same level of quality.”
Boss happy with Dalglish.
It was common knowledge that Kenny Dalglish – whilst being appointed to headhunt a replacement for Rafa Benitez during the summer – had serious designs on landing the Liverpool manager’s job himself. To other managers, working alongside a man who had hoped to be in the job you are currently working in would be difficult. Roy Hodgson is made of sterner stuff and today told the Telegraph that Dalglish is a pleasure to work alongside.
“I’m not prepared to pass up on quality people who can help because of a fear the day may come the club decides they want Kenny as a manager,” he said. “For me he should be working for Liverpool on a permanent basis, long after I leave for years to come assisting all future Liverpool managers.”
Bolton match team news.
Rare it is that Liverpool go into an away-day Halloween fixture still looking for their first win away from home of the season. Yet that Is exactly the case as they visit the Reebok Stadium to face Bolton in today’s four o’clock televised fixture on Sky Sports One. Liverpool will be looking to repeat the performance which saw them defeat Blackburn at Anfield last Sunday, the 2-1 scoreline not doing justice to the extent to which Liverpool dominated.
Fernando Torres will retain his place in attack following a week of speculation about his future, hoping t add to the winner he scored last weekend, whilst players such as Steven Gerrard and Joe Cole will look to have far more influence on the game than they generally have had so far this season.
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