Liverpool fans may be beginning to wonder if manager Roy Hodgson is watching the same games after more bewildering post-match comments from the Reds manager following the 0-0 bore draw with Utrecht in the Europa League.
Despite a clear lack of creativity and the Reds being lucky to escape with a draw against their Dutch hosts, Hodgson had “nothing but praise” for his team.
I thought it was a good point, we knew it would be a tough point. We gave them a couple of chances through individual errors, but in terms of shape and the way we played I have nothing but praise for my team.”
“Utrecht were as aggressive and determined as we knew they could be and we had to be at our best to keep them out tonight and we did.
“A point, which gives us four points now is more than satisfactory, and a draw is a more than satisfactory result.
“I think maybe a win for us would have been harsh on Utrecht because they deserved something from the game, so I am satisfied with the result, and our position in the group now.
“It was a good game and they are a good team, it was not a dull game where nothing happened, and I think it is quite easy to see why they have such a good home record.
Huge questions are being asked of Hodgson; his lack of match changing substitutions, his insistence on 2 holding midfielders in a 442 formation and signing a player for £11m then playing him out of position.
As if things off the pitch weren’t difficult enough with the ownership situation, Hodgson is doing little to help with his comments and tactics.