Roy Hodgson feels he is yet to show what he can do at Anfield.
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Beleaguered Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is still hoping he gets an opportunity to shape his own side at Anfield.
So tough has Hodgson’s start to his Reds career been that rumours have circulated the club’s American owners, New England Sports Ventures, are looking for a replacement.
Hodgson, though, is keen to point out he is still by and large working with the squad he inherited from former boss Rafael Benitez, and he said: “I’m hoping that one day I will get a chance to stamp a little bit more of my authority and philosophy on the team by choosing some more of the players.”
He added: “Although it’s not often mentioned I’ve not been that active in the transfer market since I’ve been here.
“The players here have done exceptionally well for me in accepting a new manager, but they are the ones you have watched for the past few years.” (Press Association)
Analysing Roy Hodgson’s reign as Liverpool manager seems to get more and more difficult each week.
The Anfield boss is right to say that he hasn’t really been given a chance to create his own Liverpool team, but he was hired on the basis that he could bring the best out of the players already at the club.
To quote an interview that Martin Broughton gave to the Liverpool website before he left the club:
“[Hodgson] wanted to focus on how he could get more out of the existing players. His focus wasn’t on ‘how much money can I have?’ or ‘I want to bring this person in or that person in’ – he was really focused on ‘I believe, and I’ve got a track record that demonstrates it, that I can take the existing players, get much better performances out of them and buy constructively to build for a better future.”
The fact that he has been unable to do that – and indeed he has presided over the club’s worst start to the season in over half a century – means that he has effectively failed to do what he was given the job for.
Perhaps he hasn’t been given the time needed to turn Liverpool into championship contenders – but perhaps he hasn’t earned it.