Roy Hodgson takes Liverpool criticism on the chin

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Roy Hodgson will take criticism of recent results on the chin after insisting that Liverpool will improve as the season progresses.

Hodgson has been at the helm of the Reds for just 11 games, but already finds himself under pressure.

Just one Premier League victory from their opening five games has left the Anfield club languishing down in 16th place in the table.

Meanwhile, an embarrassing Carling Cup third round exit after losing to League Two outfit Northampton Town on penalties has led to open season on his under-performing squad.

But despite finding himself under pressure just weeks into his Anfield reign, Hodgson remains confident of presiding over a successful season for the Merseyside club.

"You can't work at 35 years at the level I have without having disappointments," explained the former Fulham boss.

"Any criticism which comes my way and the team's we have to accept because it is not acceptable to have a home game in the Carling Cup against a team several divisions below you and not come out with a victory.

"Wednesday was a really bad result for the club, it has knocked us backwards, and has put us in a situation where we are heavily criticised – perhaps rightly so.

"Everyone predicted the start of the season was going to be difficult looking at our programme, players leaving and coming in and discussions about the future of the club.

"That is how it's proved to be. We've had some good moments – with five straight Europa League victories – but also some bad ones, like the defeat at Manchester City and the one in the Carling Cup.

"It's been pretty much a mixed bag, but we'll live through the bad moments and over the course of the season we'll do well."

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