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Liverpool Back On Track?

Anfield Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers Premier League 24/10/2010 Liverpool goalscorers Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Fernando Torres celebrate Photo: Roger Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom
There was finally some joy for Roy Hodgson after his Liverpool side gained a potentially vital victory over Blackburn at Anfield. While it might not have lifted Liverpool out of the bottom three, the result will certainly act as a real confidence boost, and will give Hodgson something to build on.

The former Fulham boss recalled all of his big names after making a whole host of changes for Liverpool’s Europa League trip to Napoli. Hodgson came in for substantial criticism for resting the likes of Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres for the trip to Italy, but the win today was the perfect answer to his critics.

Torres looked like a completely different player after his rest as the striker ended his recent goal drought with the goal that proved to be the winner. While Gerrard was once again back to his influential best.

But Reds boss Roy Hodgson was just delighted to see his side finally get a victory. He said: “It was a deserved victory and one that was really needed. If we had come in at half-time several goals up no-one could have said a word.

“So I told them at the break they were going the right way and if they carried on they would be fine, which they were. It’s the three points that count and I’m very happy with that.”

Liverpool fans will be hoping that this result will finally mark the start of their season. By all accounts it’s been a rotten start to the campaign both on and off the field for the Anfield club, but the performance today was much better.

The question that remains is where can Liverpool finish after such a disappointing start? We all know the quality that they possess in the squad and with Torres looking somewhat like his usual self, there is no reason why they can’t at least challenge for another Europa League spot.

But to do that they need to find consistency, one thing that has been desperately lacking under Hodgson so far, and in many ways under his predecessor Rafael Benitez too. However the signs from today are good, Liverpool managed to grind the result out in the second half, and if they can keep doing this on a regular basis the momentum will build. The whole club needs momentum at the moment, now it is up to Hodgson to create it.

What do you think? Where will Liverpool finish this season?

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  1. mike

    October 26, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I think Liverpool fans can breathe easy about Red Sox ownership taking over at Anfield. These guys are not Hicks and Gillett.

  2. Sam

    October 25, 2010 at 7:12 am

    As long as Roy Hodgson is in charge this is going to be a roller-coaster season. Let’s see how they do at Bolton next week. Roy’s sides have not won an away game for 18 months. Yes, 18 months. That says all you want to know about the type of manager he is. A loss on Saturday and he should be fired but I’m afraid NESV will only evaluate him in January. Big mistake! The only thing that will make NESV take notice is if players who are unhappy with him like Torres, Reina and Johnson tell NESV they want out unless Hodgson is replaced with a more forward-thinking manager. I’m fearful for Liverpool’s future if Roy is manager for too much longer.

  3. Gaz Hunt

    October 25, 2010 at 12:09 am

    We looked better because players were in position. Gerrard back up front, Cole on the wing, Lucas as the holding player, and Meireles as the creative link.

  4. Terry

    October 24, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    This is a temporary reprieve for the Reds. Reports are rife that Reina, Torres and Johnson want to leave in the January transfer window. Torres has been unhappy because he realised he made a mistake by committing to Liverpool at the end of summer. Some of the players believe Roy is living in the past and that his methods are old. One of the technical coaches is 68 and works with Reina who is not happy about it.

    Expect lots of changes in January.

  5. AlabamaScouser

    October 24, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Liverpool need confidence. After Torres’ goal the boys pushed the ball around the park like a team brimming with confidence. The team needed this win. Torres needed to score, and not a simple tap in, but a clinical finish. Gerrard was everywhere, Meireles was popping up in effective locations, Cole had a decent game, Soto was huge, and should have had two goals or at least won the penalty. Liverpool were hugely unlucky to have not been awarded a penalty and then to have conceded in play resulting from a foul not being called. Poor Carra, unlucky, unlucky unlucky… A good win for The Red Men but they need to build on this. Fight back, fight the good fight. We’ll be here backing you every step of the way. YNWA!

  6. Sebastian L.

    October 24, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I would like to think that Liverpool are back on track but honestly I am not that confident. Liverpool should be beating the likes of Blackburn easily especially at home. When leading they began to defend as if they were the away team. I’m torn between giving Hodgson till January or making a change now to get in a manager with better tactical awareness and let him start building for the future. Hopefully NESV will make the right decision. After all, we’ll have to live with whatever they decide anyway.

  7. Mark

    October 24, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    A nervy one goal win over a team in 16th (still ahead of LFC) in which Rovers looked more likely to get an equalizer in the last 20′ than LFC was to score a goal. Hardly the stuff of “back on track”. Perhaps in Roy’s world this is a fantastic result. Yes its a much needed result, but unless Hodgson builds on this it will be a false dawn. Bolton away will be a sterner test (how’s that for galling statement?) and I expect Hodgson to revert to conceding possession, playing two deep lines of four, leaving Torres on an island and praying for a lucky break and crowing over a dire 0-0 draw.

    • Duke

      October 25, 2010 at 12:31 pm

      Well said, Mark.

      Scraping out a win at Anfield over Blackburn is not “back on track.” It’s a step in the right direction, but there’s still work to be done.

  8. Football Souvenirs

    October 24, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Sadly these are now the key games for Liverpool to win, for the first time in years Blackburn at home is a more crucial game than Man U at home

  9. dominjon

    October 24, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Liverpool looked great today, but Blackburn were shaky because of defensive changes, and most importantly put close to no pressure on Liverpool’s midfielders. With time on the ball Maxi looked a totally new player. Lucas was able to find team mates with passes. Cole was able to show some skill. All great stuff, but what happens when Bolton at home simply apply some pressure and don’t allow them any time? I have a horrible feeling we will scrape a draw and Roy will be beaming at getting such a good result at such a difficult place.

  10. hitman

    October 24, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    this kind of game we expect from you guys……but last 25-30 min was very embarresing.This is only single match we need to win more.fight more then we get what we deserve.dont look at the oponent because we are LIVERPOOL FC.

  11. soonerscotty

    October 24, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Good win….unfortunately a needed win.

    Roy is still over his head. He’s got to go.

    Hodgson for England!

    • soonerscotty

      October 24, 2010 at 1:59 pm

      I mean the man is totally delusional.

      He had the audacity to say Rijkard isn’t any good because he was fired by Galatsary (sp?)???

      I guess Frank’s two La Liga titles and his Champions League medal don’t compare to Uncle Woy’s title in some Scandanavian backwater.

  12. omar

    October 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    As a Chelsea fan it pains me to see LFC in this situation, I hope this is the start of a more positive season. Let’s go LFC

  13. Bimbo

    October 24, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    This victory has really boosted up LFC morale. Keep striving as ………YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE………..

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