Roy Hodgson ignores job speculation

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Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has again played down talk of his job being under threat, after seeing the Reds edge out Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at Anfield.

Goals from Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Fernando Torres lifted the mood at Anfield, with the club hoping to move forward under new owners NESV.

Hodgson told reporters:"Mass media talk these days says 'lose two games and let's sack the coach and start all over again'.

"I divorce myself from all of that, it is not something I feel among the players or the staff.

"I'm not certain the people here (NESV) have that type of mindset, they are top sportspeople.

"They took over the Boston Red Sox, who weren't doing very well and turned them into a champion team."

Of his side's slightly nervy win over Rovers, Hodgson added:"One-goal margins always bring with them an element of relief because even though you know it will be terribly unjust if you don't win the game.

"Things can happen; you can get to the 93rd minute and concede a goal against a team which has not had a shot at your goal – that is a possibility.

"So you are anxious for that final whistle and there was no doubt there was a lot of anxiety in our play in the last 15 to 20 minutes.

"But that was because we were lying in the bottom three at the beginning of the day and we can't get that fact out of our heads."

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