Losing 2-0 at Goodison Park in the Merseyside derby has threatened to detract from the general optimism which swept around the club on Friday upon hearing the news that ownership of the club was to be passed into the hands of New England Sports Ventures. The defeat has left Liverpool joint bottom of the Premier League table, only kept from the indignity of bottom place by virtue of West Ham’s inferior goal difference. However, Roy Hodgson was in an upbeat mood in spite of the derby-day loss.
“From what I saw I thought we dominated the second half totally. I thought the shape of the team was good today, the quality of our passing and movement was good,” he told The Guardian. “I refuse to accept we were in nay way outplayed or any way inferior.”
New owners won’t spend big.
Although Liverpool’s already threadbare squad sits in the Premier League’s relegation zone eight weeks into the season, John W. Henry moved to temper Anfield’s hopes of a spending splurge in January to remedy the club’s problems.
“If the [Uefa] Financial Fair Play rules are… not that strong, why was the transfer window down 25 per cent last year?” he asked The Independent, providing a warning that there will no revolving door at Anfield over the coming months. They will instead look to Arsenal’s model of increasing general revenues to eventually reinvest in new players.
Torres confidence low.
Another goalless Premier League performance for Fernando Torres has moved Roy Hodgson to comment on his striker’s confidence as his search for goals and form continues. After an injury-hit 2009/10 season and a poor personal performance in the World Cup, Fernando Torres’ search for form this season has seen him net just once in 10 appearances this season, causing speculation in the media as to why his performances have dipped so dramatically.
Hodgson admitted his striker needs the confidence boost of a goal to get his season back on track. “He got battered in the World Cup for his performances for Spain and I think mentally he’s a little bit low,” he said to Skysports.com. “He needs a goal or two to get his confidence back.”