Joe Cole tapped home in the final minute to secure three points against Bolton – reward for the Merseysiders endeavour if not aptitude throughout the 90 minutes. Hard work was the order of the day following an incompetent surrender during midweek against Wolves. With the pressure mounting on Roy Hodgson, all the signs pointed to another Liverpool defeat.
As Hodgson embraced each of the Liverpool team, it sent a pointed message to the circling vultures that he will not let go of his position as manager without a fight. “I know when players are behind a club and behind their manager and when they are not,” Hodgson told The Observer, praising his players for their continued effort and support; even if that support is not reflected by the Media or on the terraces.
Dalglish remains on standby.
The Sunday Telegraph meanwhile considered the Bolton victory, and the emotional embrace shared between Hodgson and each of the players, an irrelevance.
They report that Hodgson has lost the confidence of Fenway Sports Group and is close to the sack. As the new owners do not want to commit themselves to a new manager they do not trust, they are willing to remain patient until the right candidate becomes available. In the meantime they are prepared to turn to Kenny Dalglish.
The Kop icon would sensationally return to the Liverpool dugout on a short-term contract as caretaker manager until the summer. By then it is hoped that the right option would be made available. Either way, Roy Hodgson’s future looks bleak.
Reina rejects exit talk.
Edwin van der Saar’s retirement this summer has ignited fresh rumours that Sir Alex Ferguson is keeping a keen eye of Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina to replace the Dutchman.
Rumours linking Reina with a switch between the deadly rivals has been gathering momentum throughout the season, compelling the Spaniard to commit his future to the Merseyside giants.
“I’m tired of rumours linking me with many teams in England and abroad,” he told skysports.com. “I’m a man of my word and commitment. I will honour my contract with Liverpool,” he promised. Reina has forged an indelible connection with the Anfield faithful and has an acute sense of Liverpool’s history, something he was keen to relay to the Press. “Liverpool as a club is sacred,” said the Spanish goalkeeper.