Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres are thought to be amongst the Liverpool players who have grown disillusioned with the inertia which has set in at Liverpool throughout the 2010/11 season. It means that the Spanish stars are seriously considering transfers away from Anfield in the summer.
The Guardian reports that sacking Roy Hodgson would be insufficient to prove Fenway Sports Group’s ambition for the club. Both Reina and Torres are thought to want significant reinforcements to be added to the squad this month and huge improvements in the team’s form before reconsidering their stance.
Moves for the duo, as well as Steven Gerrard, were blocked last summer as Hodgson attempted to mould the squad in his own image. However wit UEFA Champions League football unlikely for a second straight season, halting their departure this summer will be more difficult.
Keegan: Not Roys fault.
Kevin Keegan joined fellow Liverpool legends John Barnes and Steve McManaman in exonerating Roy Hodgson of the blame for Liverpool’s dreadful 2010/11 season. The problems, he insisted on ESPN Soccernet, set in as long as six or seven years ago and he accused the Liverpool teams of recent years of being unable to cope with the demands the club’s glorious history placed on them.
Barnes added that Liverpool should look to Manchester United for guidance about how to treat their managers. “I believe that all managers should be given support and I think that the biggest testament to that is Manchester United.” All three were unanimous that should Liverpool start winning matches, starting with the FA Cup tie with Manchester United, the fans would give Hodgson their backing once more.
Deschamps rules out ‘Pool.
With Fenway Sports Group’s intention to appoint a new manager should the right option become available common knowledge, the news that Didier Deschamps is committed to Olympique Marseille will provide beleaguered Roy Hodgson with a little solace as he looks ahead to the FA Cup third round game against Manchester United this weekend.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the former Chelsea midfielder impressed when interviewed for the vacant manager’s job before Roy Hodgson was eventually appointed and has remained in Liverpool’s sights since. His refusal to move from Marseille offers Hodgson a short-term reprieve as he desperately seeks to turn around Liverpool’s ailing fortunes.