Liverpool fans have not enjoyed a successful 2010 by any standards. Completely flunking a title race many fancied them to win, and losing manager Rafael Benitez to Inter Milan, memories of glorious Champions League nights seem a long time ago. After an embarrassingly impotent home defeat against struggling Wolves this week, the heat on incumbent manager Roy Hodgson has multiplied several times over.
The biggest problem for Liverpool is that they do not look remotely threatening. At no point on Wednesday could you point to a period of concerted pressure from the Reds- a cardinal sin considering Wolves’ standing in the division. The moments of quality displayed by Fernando Torres during his first two seasons at Anfield have dried up, and the support coming from midfield is, to put it mildly, poor.
Bolton, on the other hand, continue to impress. Unlucky not to take anything from Stamford Bridge during the week, Owen Coyle’s men have a genuine chance to establish themselves as front runners for a European place. Sadly for Liverpool, even a Europa league place is looking far from likely.
Roy Hodgson is now under severe pressure to deliver some points, particularly with the new owners examining their options with regards strengthening their squad in the transfer window. Hodgson needs to show he is the man to take the club forward- the fans may not be convinced, but don’t expect this to be the straw to break the camel’s back.
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