Liverpool will not be overawed when they take to the pitch against last season’s champions Chelsea, in spite of the two sides’ contrasting start to the 2010/11 season. Confidence, Roy Hodgson told The Guardian, has been restored on the back of three successive victories which have lifted Liverpool out of the relegation zone and, in Europe, taken them to the cusp of qualification from their Europa League group.
Whilst praising Chelsea’s strong start to the season, Hodgson warned that Liverpool’s opponents could suffer a run of form similar to that suffered by Liverpool at the start of the season. “It may not be long before they have a bad spell and you’re asking what’s gone wrong with Chelsea,” he said.
Hodgson wants repeat Gerrard show.
A marvellous 45-minute cameo from Steven Gerrard turned a looming 1-0 defeat into a 3-1 victory over Napoli on Thursday night. His sublime turn has already earned him the praise of Jamie Carragher, who called him Liverpool’s best ever player. Today it was the turn of Roy Hodgson to praise his captain, saying that he expects there will be more to come from his talisman on Sunday against Chelsea.
“I hope he hasn’t taken too much out of himself before Sunday,” he told skysports.com. “We are going to need him to do that for the whole game against Chelsea.”
Henry: Unhappy players can go.
Liverpool co-owner John W. Henry has issued a warning to Liverpool’s underperforming stars that they will be allowed to leave the club should their uncommitted performances continue. “Frankly, where we are, we don’t want a player at the club who doesn’t want to be at the club,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “It’s up to us to provide the leadership, on and off the field, that any player at the club or who is coming to the club wants to be here.”
Such a call for commitment comes on the back of recent rumours regarding Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres’ future at Liverpool. However, Henry hopes that the two Spanish stars will be amongst those who remain. “I was upset about the assertion that they were leaving,” he said.