Liverpool will be in a position to challenge for major trophies in “three to five years”, their new owners promised to fans during a 90-minute fans phone-in on Liverpool’s official television channel on Monday night. As such, they are still fully supportive of the work Roy Hodgson is doing at Anfield. However, they are worried by the club’s poor position in the league – seven points worse off than at this stage last season, when they finished a disappointing seventh.
“Where we are at this point is not acceptable,” John Henry was quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph. Building for the top of the table is therefore going to be, “Really difficult to do this year and a real challenge for next year.” There is little room for further error for Hodgson.
Four signings targeted.
A busy January is expected on Merseyside as Roy Hodgson is thought to have targeted arrivals in four different positions to bolster Liverpool’s ailing squad, skysports.com understands.
With injuries to Daniel Agger and Jamie Carragher, the centre of Liverpool’s defence is especially weak, and a prime area for reinforcements. Additionally, the fractious relationship reported between Hodgson and the out-of-form Glen Johnson means Liverpool are in the market for a new right-back. Furthermore, Liverpool’s narrowness of midfield which has often lacked creativity and pace this season shall be remedied by the arrival of a new winger, whilst the pressure is expected to be relieved of Fernando Torres with the arrival of a new forward in the transfer window too.
Torres exit in site.
Writing his column in the Belfast Telegraph, Alan Green questioned Fernando Torres’ commitment to Liverpool in light of his anonymous performance at St. James’ Park in their 3-1 weekend defeat to Newcastle. Whilst stopping short of accusing the Spaniard of not trying, Green argued that he had, “certainly gave in too easily when confronted by an opponent.”
His touch, he said, was “awful” whilst his body language was “even worse.” Unless Torres speaks to confirm otherwise, the suspicion with Green is therefore that Torres is seeking a transfer away from Anfield. The only problem is that with each abject performance, his market value decreases; a real concern for Roy Hodgson.