Liverpool had hoped to use the Christmas period to reignite their faltering season. Two postponements and a home defeat later and those pronouncements of hope going into the festive season seem a long way away. The latest disappointment Liverpool have to cope with is a defeat to Premier League basement boys Wolves, a well-taken 56th minute Stephen Ward goal enough to clinch the points.
Not only had Liverpool been beaten, they had been outplayed. Wolves played with an intelligence, confidence and commitment rarely evidenced at Anfield by home fans this season, making a mockery of their one win in 60 years away to Liverpool going into the fixture. That these qualities were bereft in Liverpool makes ominous reading for the rest of the season.
Hodgson attacks fans.
Once again the names of Kenny Dalglish and Rafa Benitez rang around Anfield as Roy Hodgson’s team toiled against Wolves. The atmosphere was more critical than encouraging, prompting a visibly frustrated Hodgson to criticise the famous Liverpool support.
“Ever since I came here the famous Anfield support hasn’t really been there,” Hodgson told The Guardian. He acknowledged the fact that his players have severely underperformed this season, but argued that the pessimism which hangs over Anfield only exacerbates the problem. “You have seen these players before but they are not playing like they have in the past, so I think it is time for the fans to really help as well.”
Reds to make Young move.
Rennes winger Sylvain Marveaux was spotted in the Anfield director’s box during Liverpool’s defeat to Wolves; a performance which may have had the transfer target on the first flight back to France.
Another target whom Liverpool are likely to bid for in January, according to the Daily Mirror, is Ashley Young. It is hoped that the quick, direct wide man will give Liverpool forward impetus from the wings which a pedestrian and narrow team has often lacked this season.
Young will command a fee of £14 million and with his contract expiring in 18 months time and no new deal on the horizon it is thought that Gerard Houllier will be tempted to sell to his former employers.