Liverpool news – Transfer budget unclear, Fergie continues Hodgson defence, Dalglish calls for confidence

Fergie continues Hodgson defence.

A week after Hodgson’s departure from the Liverpool dugout, Sir Alex Ferguson has spoke out in defence of the former Liverpool manager’s record, telling the Daily Telegraph that Hodgson only failed at Liverpool because he did not have a good squad.

In what must be seen as a thinly veiled attack on Liverpool’s new setup, he also claimed there was “obviously a campaign” to oust his friend and long-time managerial colleague, saying he was on a “hiding to nothing” in the Liverpool hotseat.

“You had a feeling that was the case,” he said when asked if Hodgson was never accepted by the Liverpool faithful. “I think there was obviously a bit of a campaign to get him out. It’s disappointing because he had the experience to do the job but not the players obviously.”

Dalglish calls for confidence.

Liverpool may have been beaten in his two games in charge as caretaker manager thus far, but Kenny Dalglish felt moved to assuage fears about the strength of the squad he has at his disposal, telling the Daily Telegraph that there are no weaknesses in the Liverpool squad.

“If you look at the team, there’s nothing that’s really weak, so that’s a positive,” he said. “There are a lot of good footballers here,” he said, trying to instil belief in his shell shocked squad. “Some aren’t realising their potential at the moment, but the only thing that’s stopping them is a bit of confidence and a bit of luck.”

Transfer budget unclear.

Following news that Ajax left-back Urby Emanuelson has not been contacted by Liverpool about a transfer away from Amsterdam during the transfer window, Kenny Dalglish has played down reports of showdown talks with John W. Henry to discuss transfer funds.

Dalglish insisted to skysports.com that his discussions with Liverpool’s principal owner had not included talk about transfer funds or targets, saying he had no idea what would be discussed when the two met. “We will be having a conversation, but I don’t know what will be on the agenda,”he admitted. “There has been plenty of speculation but we are not contributing to that – we have nothing to report,” he added.

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