Tough times

Liverpool fans had been given a chink of light at the end of a long dark tunnel this week when the sale of their club to New England Sports Ventures was finally allowed to go through, but yesterday’s derby defeat to Everton at Goodison Park will surely have rammed home just how big the job is at Anfield.

The Reds lost 2-0 in an utterly abject display that saw them dominated by the injury-hit Toffees, and despite having an awful lot of the ball created almost no opportunities worthy of the name until it was far too late, and as if that wasn’t enough manager Roy Hodgson afterwards claimed that his sides display was the best of the season so far. If that’s true then fans should be genuinely worried about relegation; they are second bottom in the league, after all.

‘We suffered at the hands of an early onslaught which you invariably do at Goodison but towards the end of the first half we started to even things out,' he said. 'From what I saw I thought we dominated the second half totally. I thought the shape of the team was good today, the quality of our passing and movement was good.

‘We didn't score goals and Everton did but I refuse to accept that we were in any way outplayed or any way inferior. I watched the performance and the second half was as good as I saw a Liverpool team play under my management that is for sure.

‘The dream was we would come here on the back of new owners and win the game but there is no point in attempting to analyse dreams. This would have been the ideal opportunity to turn things around on the back of the positive entry of the new owners and to get a result here would have been Utopia.’

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