Not going anywhere

Roy Hodgson has denied that he will be quitting Liverpool, despite their poor start to the season and contrary to rumours that he was certain to be replaced by Frank Rijkaard after last night’s game with Napoli.

The Reds, who rested key players Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres, drew 0-0 in their Europa League clash with the Italians at the San Paolo stadium, which left them top of Group K, and Hodgson afterwards declared that he had never thought at leaving his post.

‘Resignation has never once entered my thoughts and never will. I'm here for the long haul,’ he said after the match. ‘I came here believing I can help Liverpool rebuild. The players are behind everything we're doing.

‘We're going through a very bad passage in the league. Things haven't gone our way for a variety of reasons and that's why we find ourselves down the bottom and desperate to get away.

‘But the new owners have already done a little for the club, they've given us a lift. Even before the Everton game there was a new buoyancy and good feeling that we can get a lift.

‘On Sunday we have an opportunity but Blackburn will have something to say about that, but we've shown against Napoli that we're far from dead as a club and I know all the players who play on Sunday will be chomping at the bit to run and work and fight.

‘I just hope the result will go our way to give us a bit of breathing space to move up the table instead of finding ourselves marooned at the bottom of the table.’

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