Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson admits a victory today against Sunderland may allow him to sleep easier but will not provide an instant fix to what has been a difficult start to the season.
The Reds are currently 16th in the table having beaten only West Brom in their opening five matches, lost twice in Manchester to City and United and drawn with Arsenal and at Birmingham.
But Hodgson knows it is what the team can do over the entire campaign which will decide whether they are successful or not.
“It will take more time than a win tomorrow,” said the Reds boss in response to suggestions the Sunderland game could turn things around completely.
“It will certainly make my life a bit happier and I shall sleep a bit better on Saturday night if we get a win tomorrow — but we might not. Nothing I can say changes the result on Wednesday or repair any damage done by the poor performance. What will change everything is a good performance on Saturday, a good (Europa League) performance in Utrecht on Thursday and a good performance against Blackpool the following Sunday.
“Maybe then there will be a totally different atmosphere and attitude.”
Hodgson added: “You don't get wins because you talk about them or want them — Sunderland need a win too. But I think mounting a challenge on the top four is a realistic target for us.”