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Liverpool Supporters Need to Be Patient During Trying Times

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The mood on Merseyside is definitely one of frustration for both the red and blue halves of the city. Both clubs have had a terrible start to the season, but it’s Liverpool that is feeling the most angst. Frustration at poor results, owners that won’t seem to leave the club, lack of cash injections for much-needed transfer signings and a manager who hasn’t won over the masses.

But most of these frustrations should hardly come as a surprise to supporters of Liverpool FC. The playing side of the club is in a transition, one which will take longer than one season to complete, more likely two years or more before the club can return anywhere close to the summit that they’ve enjoyed for decades. Such is the disastrous state that Rafael Benitez left the club in. It’ll take time for Roy Hodgson, an accomplished manager on the European continent, to exorcise the ghosts of Benitez and rebuild the confidence of this team. This will not happen overnight. And any Liverpool supporters leveling the blame at Hodgson should consider the situation the manager is in right now.

He has a captain, Steven Gerrard, who hasn’t been anywhere near his best in two years or more. His star striker Fernando Torres is still nowhere near 100% and the likelihood of the Spaniard leaving either in the January or August transfer window is exceedingly high. Then you have the remainder of the team which has still not recovered since the departure of Xabi Alonso. And has now been further hampered by the recent departure of Javier Mascherano. Meanwhile, it’s time for Liverpool veteran defender Jamie Carragher to be put out to pasture.

And that’s just for starters. You can go through this entire Liverpool team and see weaknesses galore. And that’s if the rest of the players are playing at their full potential, which they’re not even close to right now due to lack of confidence and the financial insecurity of the club hanging over their heads.

Roy Hodgson faces an unenviable task. He’s single handedly responsible for trying to revitalize this Liverpool team, with all of its weaknesses, and to turn them into a winning side again. This is despite the fact that other clubs around them, who have historically been considered lesser opponents such as Sunderland, Stoke and Birmingham City, have bought talent in the August transfer window to strengthen their sides.

What Liverpool supporters need right now is patience. But sport, especially English football, is not a very patient practice. Hodgson hasn’t done anything wrong. He’s not a knight in shining armor. He’s doing the best with what he has. Even a Jose Mourinho would face a challenging time trying to turnaround a team that has been left in ruins by Benitez. These things take time. Unfortunately it’s a commodity that Liverpool doesn’t have much of.

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  1. RomaChelsea-American

    September 26, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Sorry to refer to another site but this write up (from an LFC) supporter has summed things up quite well…

  2. Jonathan

    September 26, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Liverpool fans have been patient for far too long and have seen more of the same under Roy as under Benitez. The style of football the Reds are playing is horrible. The defense looks weak and incapable of handling crosses. Roy may have just started his tenure but if his first few months in charge are anything to go by I fear the worst. He seems like a nice man but somehow he gives me the impression he is out of his league managing a club like Liverpool. I don’t think he has the stature to demand the respect needed to get the most out of the players. Keeping Sami Lee was not a good move because I see the same problems with the team as I saw under Benitez. Old habits are lingering. Time will tell but I’m not hopeful of Roy’s success.

    • The Gaffer

      September 26, 2010 at 7:07 pm

      Change is not going to happen overnight especially after Rafa ingrained a certain style of play and tactics into this side. My input is give Roy some more time to get the team turned around. And let him have it (either positive or negative).

      The Gaffer

  3. Seamus

    September 26, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    As a Liverpool supporter for more than 45 years I honestly don’t know of a more depressing period than the last couple of seasons. We all know that new owners are needed. No one argues that. The team’s performances on the field is what most of us supporters are upset about. Benitez did a terrific job two seasons ago to get the club into 2nd place. Then the same group of players underachieved last season mostly because Benitez had lost the dressing room and the pleyers no longer believed in his methods and tactics. The team has many players who play for their national team so there isn’t a lck of talent there. The problem is that the club needs a manager that will get the best out of the players and whose tactics are going to give them a chance to win. In Hodgson I don’t see such a manager. I would love to be proved wrong but so far I haven’t seen anything from Roy that gives me hope that he can turn the team around. Personally, I don’t mind if the team is losing provided they give it their all and play attractive football. None of that has been evident so far. In fairness it has been so for a few years. The big question is how long should we wait before we can form an opinion about Hodgson’s chances of success at Liverpool. Yes, he did take Fulham to last season’s Europa League final but other than that his success elsewhere in England hasn’t been very good. His teams have never entertained and his last two seasons at Fulham saw them hardly win away matches (5 or 6 wins only?). If his past is anything to go by we Liverpool supporters will have to endure more misery. How I wish it wasn’t so.

  4. Lyle

    September 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    I’m with the Gaffer on this one. Roy Hodgson is superb. He just needs time. One year won’t even be enough time. This is a season to just get through and build on for next year. Would be the same if Mourinho was in charge. Mourinho drew to Levante this past weekend for pity’s sake.

  5. Lenny

    September 26, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Agree with sean.

    what a sh*te article. catch on to yourself


  6. Sean

    September 26, 2010 at 9:39 am

    FAO writer:

    If you want people to take your article more seriously and be patient with the current manager, best not to talk cobblers about the previous manager, especially one that was popular amongst the majorty of our fans.

    Also instead of wasting time preaching to our fans about being patient with on the pitch shenanigans how about writing articles about the more serious issues at the club such as the ownership and the football manager playing CEO we have running the club?

    Just a bit of friend advice. you’re welcome.

    Sean, from the dotivee messageboards.

  7. Dave

    September 26, 2010 at 9:37 am

    You are obviously not a Rafa Benitez fan ! He did what he could under the circumstances ! You talk in riddles – I would like to see what Mourinho could do under similar conditions ! he has been the same as ‘claret nose’ Ferguson being able to bring in the best and most expensive players ! They have been like a couple of little boys who have been given all the ‘toys’ that they ask for ! As far as Hodgson goes – let’s just wait and see what kind of tactician he turns out to be,because he needs to be very good to match Benitez ,however I remain in support of him as LFC manager !

  8. Russ

    September 26, 2010 at 8:17 am

    I couldn’t agree more with the gaffer. I hope Liverpool fans give Hodgson a chance to succeed. It is going to take time.

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