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07 November 2010 @ 07:10 pm
Roy reacts to a most glorious win at Anfield  
Roy Hodgson heaped praise on Fernando Torres after his awesome double sank Chelsea on Sunday - but warned against any complacency heading into a critical week in our season.



The Reds climbed to ninth in the Barclays Premier League following the 2-0 win - and with six points available in the next six days, that position could soon look even healthier.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Hodgson shared his delight that Torres proved to be the headline maker after a tough start to the campaign - and now he wants to see more of the same against Wigan and Stoke.

"I'm pleased with the all-round performance and I'm also pleased that Fernando Torres will get a lot of the plaudits," said the boss.

"He's taken more than his fair share of criticism, some of which has been grossly exaggerated and certainly not fully deserved.

"Of course, when the team's not winning it's hard to defend these things but today he'll get a lot of plaudits and people will say he's back to his best. Let's hope that's the case but certainly today he was. He played very, very well.



"One always hopes that playing at this very high level that you've got that quality of player.

"Today we had the quality of Fernando Torres and that won us the game alongside a very disciplined and organised performance from the others.

"I'll enjoy ninth but you can go back to 16th again with a couple of defeats. We've got to get ourselves going again for Wednesday (at Wigan). (AMEN)

"The squad is looking pretty small with the sickness and injuries we've picked up. It's a long season. It's 11 games in, so we're not even a third of the way through. I prefer in football to keep my feet on the ground.




"We'll have to produce a lot more performances like this from now until May. I can't guarantee we'll do that but I know the boys want to give those performances every week."

Asked how he would celebrate beating a team he never prevailed against with Fulham, Hodgson replied: "I shall probably watch Match of the Day because I'm interested in the other games. I will watch the DVD or the game on LFC TV, possibly, if I can't sleep in the early hours.

"I didn't beat them with Fulham. Thanks for reminding me of that!

"They aren't going to lose many matches this season so I'm glad we've chalked up a victory against them."


The win was even more satisfying after two of Liverpool's first-choice defenders were ruled out just hours before kick-off.

Hodgson explained: "Sotirios Kyrgiakos called in with very severe tonsillitis, so he's very sick at this moment in time, and Glen Johnson turned up complaining about a groin problem which the physios decided was sufficiently bad that he had to miss the game."

The victory was witnessed by NESV principal owner John Henry and chairman Thomas Werner.

Quizzed by a New York journalist on the Americans' impact since arriving at Anfield, the manager said: "They have been very good for the club.

"For quite a long period of time we've been heading in the wrong direction and the new owners gave us hope that we no longer need to fear that we'll head in the wrong direction.

"I can only hope they are as successful with Liverpool Football Club as they have been with Boston Red Sox. If that's the case, we'll see Anfield rocking for a few years to come."



AAAAND THIS IS WHERE THINGS GET BAD :[

On Daniel Agger's continued absence with a calf injury, Hodgson said: "Agger is long-term. They can't put a date on it.

"At the moment he can't train, he has just got to rest and wait for the next time he goes to see the specialist again.

"They are very anxious that bone doesn't form. It is a calcification issue and training would certainly accelerate the calcification.

"Now they have to wait and hope the body breaks down the calcifying elements before he can even think about training again.

"So it could be very long term."




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WHAT AN AMAZING DAY. SERIOUSLY. STILL AMAZED/SHOCKED/ECSTATIC WE WON TODAY. AND IF ANYONE KNOWS WHERE I CAN WATCH THE MATCH PLEASE SHARE WITH ME. But the Agger news makes me so sad. I miss him SO much, and it looks like he'll be out for quite sometime. :/



Let our amazing owner take us out on a magical day with this tweet. YNWA<3
 
 
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Jthatlittlebird on November 8th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
Agger :( I miss him. But it was a great win and I hope they keep it up!

BTW, if you want to dl the match, there's always rojadirecta!
i'm a shadowboxer, baby: liverpool fcyouth_depraved on November 8th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
thank you so much bb!!
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Laurensunkissedln89 on November 8th, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
oh god why agger =( & aww i love henry.
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presquecasi_casi on November 8th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
He is saying all the right things. An owner who actually shows an interest? C:

And his wife is so gorgeous, ahhhh. They need to come to more matches so that I can fawn over her them.
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presque: dan & stevie | no you're more adorablecasi_casi on November 8th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
Adkjshgsdgkjg. No words for this match, for our boys. Just overwhelming pride.

Really glad to see Hodgson getting behind Torres like this.

Obviously devastated for Agger. I can't imagine how crappy he's feeling right now.

Adgjkghd I still can't believe this result. I caught myself semi-dancing in the kitchen about ten minutes ago.
Hillary: lfcachitophel on November 8th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
Henry's tweet!! <3333
That really sucks about Dagger, tho :( Maybe Dirk could lend him some of his inhuman healing powers

Also, just wanted to put up Nando's post match interview in case people (like me) were watching streams that cut it off:

i'm a shadowboxer, babyyouth_depraved on November 8th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)
i don't expect him to have such an accent when he speaks, is that bad?
either way, it's wonderful and he's amazing/flawless/etc
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Miettemiettemiette on November 8th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
bahaha I just posted that tweet in my lj :D, tbh, it should be everywhere. It made my day. MEIRELES ASSIST= FLAWLESS and perhaps a little foxy/sexy. Why are Linda and John so adorable?

Gutted when I heard the news about Agger. Hope he heals quickly.
life is short, and you are hotiamtheenemy on November 8th, 2010 03:27 am (UTC)
His assist would have been foxier/sexier with his old hair though.
NiCo_JcViPeR89nic_evan89 on November 8th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
yay!!!!!..
the boys are back..
something happen to nando and stevie??
its like they were fighting or aomething..
amazon18 on November 8th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
I think they've just "settled down" compared to a couple of years ago when they were sort of in the honeymoon period, if you like. If they keep having games like they have been this week with plenty of scoring they will potentially become a bit more affectionate like they were in the good ol' days. ;-)
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Catherine: Daggeralana2x1 on November 8th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
The win and Nando scoring two brilliant goals = abso-friggin-lutley amazing! :DDD

Dagger's situation = shitastic. Actually just makes me want to cry for him so much. He must be feeling so awful right now. I really really hope this calcification thing sorts out asap and he's able to get back onto the road to recovery very very quick. Miss him so much :(

i'm a shadowboxer, baby: liverpool fcyouth_depraved on November 8th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
i feel terrible for agger. it sounds so serious, i hope he'll make an great recovery and be back with us soon
aiko: liverpool - torres ~angel~accioaiko on November 8th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
This match was amazing and brilliant today. So full of love for the whole team that pulled together so well and the amazing displays by Torres and Pepe. Plus I thought Kelly did fantastic and hope that Roy lets him start more. He really pulled through for us on such short notice.

I am still trying to get used to having such nice and caring owners. lol I feel like its a lovely dream.
Eileen: Carraeileenyx on November 8th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
Delurking to celebrate this happy day
Kuyt's return? Fernando's two goals? Pepe Reina's A-plus performance? John W. Henry's tweet of awesome? All wonderful/kickass/amazing.

The fact that Hodgson's post-match comments didn't confuse me or piss me off? Miraculous.

The update on Danny is ominously vague and specific at the same time, and so worrying/frustrating/upsetting. It certainly puts a damper on things. ;__;
i'm the peggster: liverpool; dannyy0rkfiles on November 8th, 2010 04:09 am (UTC)


awh Babel.
i'm a shadowboxer, baby: liverpool fcyouth_depraved on November 8th, 2010 04:15 am (UTC)
i'm shocked people don't ship bagger more tbh.


but it's so sweet he tweeted this
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vaclavbroadwayblue on November 8th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
john henry's tweet made me so happy when it came up on my timeline. laskdfa he's awesome.

dagger :( get well soon lk asldfka i miss you
nomnomnom: Liverpool FC<3epalpie on November 8th, 2010 07:26 am (UTC)
When I woke up this morning (the game happened at midnight here) the first thing I checked was the scores and fkfdsfkgk;lsfk i was jumping around my room in happiness then wore my torres jersey to school today

Aww, Dagger, get well soon :(
I Am Blair Blair Is Me: This Is Anfieldsarahsez00 on November 8th, 2010 08:57 am (UTC)
Just woke up and I'm still feeling on top of the world! That tweet from Henry is adorable :-) And speaking of clean sheets I was so happy for Pepe yesterday!

Gutted about Agger though. I miss him so much!