Saturday 22 July 2017

Hodgson feels Kop's wrath as chants for Dalglish compound 'bad day at the office'

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson on the touchline during the Premier League match at Anfield last night
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson on the touchline during the Premier League match at Anfield last night

ROY Hodgson came under mounting pressure last night, with a section of the Liverpool fans in open revolt over his continuing presence as manager.

Chants of "Hodgson for England" and "Dalglish" resounded around Anfield as Liverpool stumbled to a 1-0 Premier League defeat by Wolves, who started the night bottom of the table.

Hodgson's decision to replace David Ngog, who had been arguably Liverpool's best performer on the night, with Ryan Babel caused outrage on the Kop, with supporters turning on the club's manager in the most vocal show of dissent yet against his tenure.

It was not the first time that chants have been aired in favour of the return of Kenny Dalglish as manager, but it was the first time that the Kop have sung Hodgson's name and that it came in such a derisive manner will only serve to fuel suggestions that his days at Anfield are numbered.

To make matters worse, the feeling of mutiny against the former Fulham manager was only added to when his decision to substitute Paul Konchesky, a player he signed from his former club, was greeted with vociferous cheers from the home fans and chants of "You're getting sacked in the morning" from the visiting section.

The defeat continued Liverpool's worst start to a Premier League campaign and their points total going into the new year is their lowest since the 1953-54 season, when they were relegated.

Despite the vitriol reigning down on him, Hodgson described the night simply as "a bad day at the office".

"Not much went right for us except the fact people tried to keep going, worked as hard as they could but technically we weren't anywhere near our best today," said the beleaguered boss.

"The tempo of our play was nowhere near what we like it to be. I think we can consider ourselves a bit unlucky to lose it, I think 0-0 would not have been an unfair result but there you go.

"They got a lucky break so we lose all three points and disappoint our fans yet again."

It had already been a bad day for Hodgson earlier with his insistence that Daniel Agger is not for sale has been brought into question after Dieter Hoeness, the sporting director of Wolfsburg, who claimed to have rejected the chance to sign the defender from Liverpool.

The revelation from Hoeness caused Per Steffensen, Agger's agent, to express his surprise and bewilderment, particularly because Wolfsburg believe that they are not the only club who have been offered a deal for the Denmark player.

Agger's Liverpool future has been shrouded in doubt for several months with the 26-year-old, who moved to Anfield from Brondby in January 2006, having fallen out of the first-team picture because of a succession of injury problems.

"We have been offered the chance to buy Daniel Agger, but we have rejected the offer," Hoeness said. "It is my impression that he is being offered to clubs around Europe."

Irish Independent

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