The relief around Anfield was palpable as Fernando Torres’s shot hit the bottom corner to end the dogged resistance of Paul Robinson in the Blackburn goal. Liverpool had their second three point haul of the season on home turf and Torres had ended a barren streak which stretched back to Liverpool’s last win at Anfield – a 1-0 defeat of West Brom.
Just as he has refused to buckle under pressure about his future at Anfield, Roy Hodgson refused to get carried away with the victory. m very happy with the three points and very happy with the performance,”told Guardianore adding, don’t want to suggest everything is hunky dory.”A lot of work is still to be put in for Liverpool who remain in the relegation zone despite their morale-boosting win.
Torres back on form.
Roy Hodgson was especially complimentary about his match winner following Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat of Blackburn. Torres’s instinctive finish belied two goalless months of football, but it was his all-round performance which satisfied Hodgson more. “Fernando played an awful lot better and in my opinion that was his best performance for the team this season,” he said in The Guardian. “It’s nice he caused as much problems as he did and looked as likely as he did on many occasions to score.”
He had, Hodgson admitted, been helped by a shift in Liverpool’s mentality, attacking with greater purpose than has characterised their play this season. Liverpool were “more incisive” getting “bodies in the box and down the sides.”
Reds never at risk.
In the weeks leading to New England Sports Ventures taking over the club, dark rumours poisoned the atmosphere around Liverpool. Word on the street was that should Tom Hicks and George Gillett block the sale, the club would have fallen into administration over the Texan duo’s inability to refinance debts of approximately £237 million.
Speaking today to Skysports.com, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore dismissed any notions that Liverpool were ever at risk of being wound up. The club was, he says with a confidence likely borne of hindsight, “never at risk. There were bidders for it and the outcome was always what was likely to happen.”