Liverpool news – Reds eye Barton, Players back Roy, Torres offers hope

Players back Roy.

Having claimed the winning goal on New Year’s Day, Joe Cole insisted that the Liverpool squad were behind Roy Hodgson, in spite of the pressure he is currently under. The squad, Cole insisted, have faith in Hodgson to turn around Liverpool’s failing fortunes even if the signs from the boardroom and the terraces are ominous.

“We are all behind the manager,” he told skysports.com. “We all want to put this club in the right direction and keep working hard.” The likeable midfielder told the Media that he was delighted that the victory might earn his manager a little breathing space. “I am really happy for everyone at the club; it has been a tough week for everyone – particularly the manager – but we’ve got the win,” he said.

Reds eye Barton.

Liverpool have been keeping tabs on £5 million-rated midfielder Adam Barton. Barton has been a rare bright spark for Preston North End, who currently languish at the bottom of the Championship table. Amidst the gloom, his performances have shone like a beacon and have led to interest from the Merseyside giants, the Daily Mirror reports.

Although New England Sports ventures are loathe to make drastic changes to the playing staff during January, they would not be opposed to opening the chequebook should the right option come along at the right price. Young, talented and British, Barton represents investment for the future; something which is thought might tempt the owners to loosen their purse strings.

Torres offers hope.

Fernando Torres has endured an inconsistent season which reflects the fortunes of the team. A sumptuous curler against Chelsea was thought to be the turning point, but he and Liverpool have spluttered since.

Under the most extreme pressure on New Year’s Day, however, he looked as sharp as he has ever done in a Liverpool shirt, capping off an impressive performance with an instinctive goal. His display prompted Jim White, writing in the Daily Telegraph, to argue that Torres is capable of reviving Liverpool’s season. Hodgson, he wrote, has finally elicited a performance out of the Spanish international, proving there is hope yet for the future.

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