Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen sympathised with sacked Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson, saying that he deserved more time to mould the team in his own image. The Liverpool legend argued that Hodgson had inherited a very poor squad and deserved the chance to turn things around.
“I would have said give him until the end of the season, give him some money,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek. “I think he inherited a poor squad of players by Liverpool’s standards, but in modern-day football you don’t have any time.” However, he offered former teammate Kenny Dalglish his support claiming his absence from the dugout for more than a decade will pose no problem: “He knows more teams, more players and how they’re doing and more leagues in Europe than anyone I know.”
Torres pledges loyalty.
Fernando Torres’ fortunes have matched those of his Liverpool teammates this season and as the Merseysiders have floundered, his future at the club has come under intense media scrutiny. Torres for his part has kept his counsel. Following Roy Hodgson’s departure, the Spanish international felt moved to pledge his future to Liverpool, hoping that the fans would show the same loyalty to the cause.
“We need to add more points, win matches and improve our standing in the table,” he told the Sunday Mirror. “That is our challenge and I demand the total help of our supporters in doing that.”
“I haven’t considered leaving,” he reassured Liverpool supporters. “Although in football that always depends on the club.”
King is back.
Even if Kenny Dalglish is not viewed as a long-term solution to the Liverpool manager’s position, his appointment as caretaker manager has delighted Liverpool fans the world over.
Indeed, many believe that Dalglish is returning to a post that he left in haste following the pressures which followed managing Liverpool in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster and welcome him back with open arms.
“It’s a dream, the King is back,” commented one fan on the guardian.co.uk website as fans were encouraged to voice their opinions about Dalglish’s appointment. The appointment of Dalglish was not however enough to help the Reds to victory against Manchester Utd in the FA Cup.