Roy Hodgson vows to fight on as Liverpool boss

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Roy Hodgson has vowed to fight on as Liverpool manager despite their disappointing start to the season.

Speculation mounted in the build-up to Thursday's goalless Europa League draw with Napoli in Italy that Hodgson was contemplating stepping aside less than four months after taking the Anfield reins.

Liverpool produced a battling display despite being without Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres as they secured a well-deserved point from their Group K clash.

Speaking after the match, a defiant Hodgson insisted he would not be walking away from the ailing club.

"You read these ridiculous websites that we have and resignation has never once entered my thought and, what's more, never will," he declared.

"I pride myself on being a bit of a fighter, I pride myself on being able to stand the bad times."

Liverpool are languishing down in 19th place in the Premier League table after winning just one of their first eight games and were dumped out of the Carling Cup by League Two side Northampton Town.

But despite the dismal start to his reign, Hodgson is confident of bringing the good times back to Anfield.

He continued:"I'm here for the long haul, I'm here to do a good job. I came believing I can help Liverpool rebuild and get going again. The players are very much behind everything we're doing.

"So as far as I'm concerned it's work in progress. It's problematic at the moment because it's work in progress at the wrong end of the table. It's problematic because we're losing and not winning but there's only one thing to do with that – get out and play each week, play better, get the wins, get up the table and then you'll see my smiling face more often than my scowling one."

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