A feeling of optimism from COS’s very own Anfield season ticket holder.
Roy Hodgson is delighted that Steven Gerrard gave ‘no indication’ that he wanted to leave Liverpool this summer and the new Anfield manager anticipates a repeat scenario when he meets with Fernando Torres.
The Reds captain has been linked with Real Madrid following his hometown club’s terrible 2009/10 campaign and it has been suggested that he could be ready to sever his connection with the Merseysiders.
Conjecture has implied that England’s embarrassing World Cup campaign and off-field rumours in Britain have pushed Gerrard closer to the Bernabeu and long-term admirer Jose Mourinho, who twice tried to sign him when in charge of Chelsea.
But Hodgson does not expect that scenario to develop after meeting with Gerrard, vice-captain Jamie Carragher and Academy ambassador Kenny Dalglish shortly after he was appointed as Liverpool manager last Thursday.
The former Fulham boss told LFC Weekly of the discussions: “I think they went splendidly. I was very happy to meet the players and, of course, Kenny who I already know so well.
“I was delighted to see how positive they are. Everybody is looking forward to the new season.”
He added: “Obviously Steven and Jamie are the playing heartbeat of the club and it’s very important we keep people like that with us.
“I anticipate there might be a situation where other big clubs will try and sign Steven, but he gave no indication that he wanted to leave.
“Nobody at the club wants him to go so I will be doing my utmost to make sure he stays. I am confident he will.” (Sky Sports)
I, like many other Liverpool fans, was not exactly bowled over by the appointment of Roy Hodgson but I have to say in recent days he has made the right noises and has made me feel a little bit more hopeful about the future. I was always ready to give the man a chance, unlike some who were already ready to swing the axe before the former Fulham man even got a chance to warm his managerial seat.
He seems like a straight shooter and I am looking forward to his pre/post-match conferences where he will hopefully be more open to taking blame and speaking his mind than Rafa was. He seems pretty straight down the middle with this whole Steven Gerrard saga.
Our captain is always going to be a target for approaches, so that’s not new, but hopefully a fresh start under a new boss will help him have more hope in the future too. Obviously we are still currently stuck with the Americans but hopefully in time that too will be sorted. I realise that I have used hope a few too many times in this piece, but for some reason I am cautiously optimistic, maybe someone put something in my coffee this morning?
The seasons opener against Arsenal will be an instant barometer of what we can achieve and I personally can’t wait to get going. The pre-season friendlies should also be interesting as Hodgson takes a good look at what he has to play with. All those who had failed to impress both Rafa and us, the supporters, will now feel that they have a chance to turn over a new leaf.