Hodgson understands fans protests

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson says he fully understands protests by fans against the club’s owners, following Saturday’s sit-in protest at Anfield.

Around 5,000 fans stayed behind at Anfield after the 2-2 draw with Sunderland in a show of protest against current owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett, and frustrations at the slow pace of selling the club.

Hicks and Gillett have only until October to either find a buyer for the club or arrange a refinancing deal, before the club falls into the hands of the Royal Bank of Scotland to which Hicks and Gillett owe £237.4million.

Hodgson said after Saturday’s game,”I don’t think anybody at the club wants anything but a solution to the ownership problem.

“The fans want to see the club moving forward and not sort of stuck with owners trying to sell the club.

“The fans here are very passionate and care an awful lot about this football club.

“You cannot criticise them for showing their displeasure about the situation.”

Hodgson had appeared to criticise the protests in his pre-match press conference on Friday, calling those involved in the process a “group of people” and a distraction the team must deal with.