Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hodgson: Rebuilding Liverpool A Tough Job

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson believes the club's difficulties this season will make them a stronger over time. The 63-year-old faces former club Blackburn on Sunday knowing his side have to put in a performance after just one victory in eight Barclays Premier League matches. Liverpool's position in the relegation zone is unfamiliar territory for a club which is used to regularly finishing in the top four and excelling in Europe. "I think we are getting stronger as a team and a squad and we are becoming more organised in the sense of how I would like to see us organised," he said after Thursday night's goalless Europa League draw at Napoli. "As far as I am concerned it is still a work in progress and we have an awful lot of rebuilding to do. "But having gone to Naples after a derby defeat and getting a good goalless draw with a team no-one expected to get that is positive going into the game on Sunday. "What we need is a bit of luck. When you are down there and you are not getting the victories the pressure builds up and confidence takes a battering and everyone starts to question things. "There is lots of speculation and negative things being said but we understand that. It is par for the course and that is what football is. "But the only way you can get out of it is keep working hard, keep trying to get those results and then hopefully, when you have done it, it will make you stronger for it. "Most of the players and myself are more accustomed to pats on the back than kicks in the teeth but we also know that in football kicks in the teeth are part of the game. "What you do is try to keep as many teeth as you can and try to get on with it."

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