Hodgson eyes Reds revival in 2011
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson hopes to sign off a disappointing 2010 on a high note as he looks to a prosperous new year.
The last 12 months have been eventful both on and off the field for the Merseysiders and results have been on the slide ever since the Reds began 2010 with an FA Cup third-round exit to Championship side Reading. Having finished a disappointing seventh in the Barclays Premier League manager Rafael Benitez was dispensed with and Roy Hodgson drafted in.
"I get the feeling every day the players are committed to the club and will work hard to do a bit better in 2011 than they have done in 2010," said the manager, whose side face Wolves at Anfield on Wednesday. "They are capable of it and I am really anxious to work with them and help them with it. I have no fears in that respect."
In the wake of intense speculation about the futures of star players Fernando Torres, Jose Reina and Steven Gerrard - and on the back of a World Cup - the new appointment did not produce the expected bounce back in terms of performances.
However, since the £300million sale of the club to New England Sports Ventures in October a degree of stability as returned to Anfield.
And while Liverpool are still a long way off the pace of Champions League qualification Hodgson is hopeful the worst is now behind them.
He added: "Everyone is anxious to make 2011 a better year than 2010.
"The club - the players and the staff - dealt with the takeover situation very well.
"We didn't use it as an excuse, although I'm not certain we needed it as an excuse because I don't think we were playing as well at that stage.
"We have got better as a team with all the work we are putting in and we are getting better but it is results that count."