Hodgson labels Everton defeat “best performance of season”

Is Time Running Out for Roy Hodgson Manager Liverpool 2010/11 Everton V Liverpool (2-0) 17/10/10 The Premier League Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

Someone should tell Roy Hodgson that Liverpool were the team in red this afternoon.

The boss told press he believed the team’s performance in the 2-0 defeat to Everton was “the best game we’ve played since I’ve become manager of the club.”

Liverpool looked lacklustre and uninspired yet again at Goodison Park as goals from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta sunk the Reds to further league misery.

After the game, which leaves the Reds facing a relegation battle ahead, Hodgson told radio station talkSPORT, “I can’t ask more of the players than they’ve given the club. I thought their workrate was outstanding, our passing was very good, our movement was good and Everton were fortunate enough to be able to defend on the back of a two-goal cushion. I think it might have been a different story had they not had the two-goal cushion

“In my opinion it’s arguably the best game we’ve played since I’ve become the manager of the club. That’s my opinion based on what I saw on the field but I’m fully aware that what you see on the field is not what people base their opinions on.

“They base them on results and then they try and find all kinds of other reasons why the result was what it was but for me, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be backed up by David Moyes, our performance today was a good one.

“We have seen a magnificent derby game. We were on the losing side and it pushes us even deeper into the mire because we needed a result from today, in particular we needed one on the back of the new owners coming in.”

Liverpool are now a lowly 19th in the Premier League, having picked up just 6 points from a possible 24.

After Napoli in the Europa League on Thursday night, the Reds entertain Blackburn Rovers at Anfield next weekend.