Liverpool news – Hodgson unsure on Gerrard, No Hicks and Gillett repeat, Babel prefers Roy

Hodgson unsure on Gerrard.

Roy Hodgson is reluctant to put a date on Steven Gerrard’s return from injury he sustained on international duty in November. This week he has been stung by criticism after promising that Fernando Torres would start against FC Utrecht, only to then leave the Spanish striker on the substitutes’ bench throughout the Europa League fixture.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the Liverpool captain is back in training, but Hodgson will not be pressured into saying whether he will play on Sunday against Fulham. “He is desperate to get back, but, with my recent history of saying things and not getting them right, I should be extremely cagey and say I have no idea if he will be there or not,” he said.

No Hicks and Gillett repeat.

John W. Henry and Tom Werner each have 50 percent voting rights as owners of Liverpool Football Club, meaning that they both have an equal say in decision making at Anfield. For many Liverpool fans, this draws unwanted parallels with their previous owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, whose disputes ended in deadlock before the intervention of Martin Broughton and the Royal Bank of Scotland compelling Liverpool to look for new owners.

“John W Henry and Tom Werner are close friends and confer repeatedly on all issues relating to Liverpool Football Club,” a spokesperson told the Daily Telegraph, assuaging any such worries. “They have worked together for 10 years at the Boston Red Sox without disagreement, and will continue to work together going forward.”

Babel prefers Roy.

Ryan Babel’s form during his time on Anfield has rarely threatened to ignite. Babel is a player of rich promise, which makes his failure to break into Liverpool’s starting-XI on a regular basis since arriving in 2007 a huge disappointment. In recent weeks, however, the signs have been more promising; a turn in fortunes which Babel attributes to Roy Hodgson.

“It is more about the manager. The club is fantastic but if a manager does not like you, it is between you and him,” Babel told skysports.com, insinuating that he was not given a fair chance under Rafa Benitez. “And things are different under Roy Hodgson. He does things differently. Maybe that suits me better.”

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