Belfast Telegraph

Hodgson dismisses revenge talk

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is not looking for revenge at Blackpool on Boxing Day but admits the "low point" of a home defeat by the Seasiders prompted a turnaround in performances.

The 2-1 loss at Anfield on October 3 was their third in seven Barclays Premier League games as the Reds endured the worst start to a season since 1953/54. Although they have since lost a further four times their tally from the subsequent 10 fixtures has earned 16 points with a marked improvement in displays from the team.

"You (the media) can use the word revenge. Having lost at home we would want to make certain that they suffer a similar home defeat and we get our share of points with them." said Hodgson.

"But I don't talk about revenge. I talk about what we need to do to win the game and how we need to play.

"The word revenge does not come into my vocabulary but it will come into a lot of other people's when they are talking about the game.

"I think revenge is a word which belongs in mafia circles rather than football circles.

"It (the Blackpool defeat) was a low point. We were expected to waltz all over this newcomer but not only did we not do it we actually ended up losing the game after a very good performance from them.

"I don't know if that was anything like a watershed as far as we are concerned but I do think over the course of time we have improved our play.

"I don't think it will be as easy for Blackpool to get three points on Sunday as it was for them in that game when we gave them a two-goal head start."


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