Liverpool’s miserable away form continued with a comprehensive 3-1 defeat to Blackburn. The Merseysiders rarely looked in contention, falling 2-0 behind before the break to goals by Martin Olsson and Benjani, both goals the result of shambolic Liverpool defending. The Zimbabwean forward tapped home his second after the break following good work from Junior Hoilett before Steven Gerrard’s elegiac consolation. There was even time for Gerrard to compound Liverpool’s misery, blazing a late penalty over the bar.
All hope which flared following New Year’s Day’s victory over Bolton has well and truly dissipated with the defeat, meaning Roy Hodgson’s position as manager looks increasingly precarious.
Hodgson on brink of exit.
“I am not prepared to talk about my future,” Roy Hodgson told the assorted Press following Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat to Blackburn. “At this moment I am depressed enough with the performance and the result.”
According to The Guardian, his silence on the subject will do little to quell the mounting speculation that his position is in extreme jeopardy. Already Fenway Sports Group has admitted that they are considering replacing Hodgson should the right manager be made available. The defeat to Blackburn may serve to hasten the former Fulham manager’s departure. Highlighting the pressure he is under, the post-match press conference was brought to an end after just three minutes and three questions. No matter how much Hodgson tries to silence the subject, it seems he is on the brink at Liverpool.
Elia interest wanes?
Liverpool target Eljero Elia wants to join one of ‘Europe’s elite’ according to skysports.com. Whether he sees Liverpool as part of Europe’s top band of clubs remains to be seen, however. Another stumbling block to a potential transfer are his current club Hamburg’s demands. The German giants are thought to be asking in advance of 20 million Euros for the rapid Dutch winger, seen as a solution to Liverpool’s problems in attack.
Liverpool as such are still yet to make a tangible offer to Hamburg. Indeed, the only offer they have received so far is a bid to take the player on loan from Wigan. Whilst Fenway Sports Group are reluctant to spend vast sums of money this month, they are receptive to spending should the right target come along at the right price.