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Liverpool Boss Roy Hodgson Makes Craziest Statement Of the Season

Anfield manager losing the plot?

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Speaking after the game Hodgson told talkSPORT: “I can’t ask more of the players than they’ve given the club. I thought their workrate was outstanding, our passing was very good, our movement was good and Everton were fortunate enough to be able to defend on the back of a two-goal cushion. I think it might have been a different story had they not had the two-goal cushion
“In my opinion it’s arguably the best game we’ve played since I’ve become the manager of the club. That’s my opinion based on what I saw on the field but I’m fully aware that what you see on the field is not what people base their opinions on.
“They base them on results and then they try and find all kinds of other reasons why the result was what it was but for me, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be backed up by David Moyes, our performance today was a good one.
“We have seen a magnificent derby game. We were on the losing side and it pushes us even deeper into the mire because we needed a result from today, in particular we needed one on the back of the new owners coming in.” (TalkSPORT)

Now where do I start? Let’s break down these sentences one by one and see if we can get to the bottom of a truly bizarre collection of words that Roy Hodgson has assembled in a half hearted way to try to buy himself more time and detract everyone’s attention from what seems abundantly clear.

I can’t ask more of the players than they’ve given the club.

How about asking them to genuinely care about playing for the club, that wasn’t a performance that was high on effort and desire, although perhaps in the last ten minutes they started to give a damn.

I thought their workrate was outstanding, our passing was very good, our movement was good and Everton were fortunate enough to be able to defend on the back of a two-goal cushion.

Everton were not “fortunate enough to be able to defend on the back of a two-goal cushion”, they scored two goals and therefore had a two goal lead. Our passing was NOT good, Lucas alone lost possession almost every time he touched the ball. Our movement was NOT good, we rarely troubled our opponents and rarely found players in space.

I think it might have been a different story had they not had the two-goal cushion.

So Roy is saying. If we were not two goals down then it would have been a different story. No shit Sherlock. The point is, we rarely troubled Tim Howard and never looked like scoring, hence we lost the game.

In my opinion it’s arguably the best game we’ve played since I’ve become the manager of the club.

This for me say’s it all. Firstly if this was our best game under Roy Hodgson, and perhaps it was, then all this says is that we have been woeful since day one of his managerial reign, which is hardly much to brag about, is it?

That’s my opinion based on what I saw on the field but I’m fully aware that what you see on the field is not what people base their opinions on.

To be this is a dig at fans. It is like he is suggesting that supporters only want good results and don’t care about good performances that don’t lead to wins. This would be an argument that would hold a little water if there was something to back it up, like say, a good performance?

They base them on results and then they try and find all kinds of other reasons why the result was what it was but for me, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be backed up by David Moyes, our performance today was a good one.

This is where he almost goes Rafa on us. Almost like he is trying to confuse us with warped logic. We as fans are not trying to find ‘other reasons’ why the result was what it was. The result was 2-0 to Everton because they deserved to win the game. Simple as that.

We have seen a magnificent derby game.

Firstly. Even Everton fans would not consider that a magnificent derby game. They tend to happen when two teams are battling each other and fighting for the death to earn the spoils and the much needed bragging rights. That didn’t happen yesterday. And hell, even if it was a ‘magnificent’ derby game, which it was not, that hardly comes as much comfort for the losing team does it? Can’t imagine many of my fellow Liverpool fans meeting in the bars and pubs after the game supping their pint and saying to each other “well we lost, but at least it was a MAGNIFICENT game”

We were on the losing side and it pushes us even deeper into the mire because we needed a result from today, in particular we needed one on the back of the new owners coming in.

Another Rafa-esque type spinning of the truth. Saying “we were on the losing side” implies in some confused way that we didn’t deserve to be on the losing side or that we were the better team. Neither of these statements is correct. Yes we needed a result today, our boss has that correct, we are in the mire and hopefully we can turn it around. Is Roy Hodgson the man to turn the ship into calmer waters?

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