Carra lends support to Hodgson

Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has publicly backed under-fire Reds boss Roy Hodgson, reminding fans “it’s very early days”.

Hodgson’s position at the club is coming under immense pressure with just one league victory this season from the first eight games.

The Reds sit 19th in the Premier League table, above only West Ham, and were dumped out of the Carling Cup by League Two side Northampton Town.

But vice-captain Carragher has called for patience and to give Hodgson the chance to turn things round.

He said, It is very early days in the season and there is a lot of time to go.

“It hasn’t always been rosy playing for Liverpool. Last season wasn’t great and I remember going 12 games without a win under Gerard Houllier, so it has not always been plain sailing.

“It is a little rocky patch we are going through at the moment but as long as the players, manager and supporters all stick together it won’t be a problem.

“The spirit in the dressing room is fine but you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out if you win games it is a lot better.

“The manager is the boss and we should be trying to impress him, not the other way around.”

Liverpool take on Napoli in the Europa League tonight (kick-off 6pm) before Sunday’s must-win Premier League clash at home to Blackburn Rovers.

Rumours circulating the internet at the moment suggest the club could be lining up former Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard as an imminent replacement for Hodgson.