Roy tells of “NESV lift”

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson says the takeover by New England Sports Ventures has already given the club a lift, and hopes that extra confidence will be seen on the pitch soon.

The Reds have had a torrid start to the season on and off the pitch, but with the club being sold to NESV last week, ridding of Tom Hicks and George Gillett, Hodgson believes the good news will filter down to the players.

“Things really have not gone our way for a variety of reasons and that’s why we find ourselves down at the bottom and desperately wanting to get away from there as soon as possible, yesterday let alone tomorrow,” said Hodgson.

“But I think the new owners have already done a lot for the club. They have given the club a lift. Even before the Everton game, I think there was a certain buoyancy, a feel-good feeling that we could start to rebuild, to put things right and get ourselves on a good footing once again.”

Liverpool have only collected 6 points from their first 8 games of the season, sitting down in a lowly 18th place ahead of only Wolves and West Ham.

The Reds face Blackburn on Sunday afternoon with the chance to lift themselves out of the relegation zone. Three points against Sam Allardyce’s men at Anfield would put Liverpool 15th.

Hodgson added, “Sunday gives us the ideal opportunity to do this. Unfortunately, Blackburn will have something to say about that. They won’t be lying down and will be wanting to get a result.

“The good thing is that we showed against Napoli that we are far from dead as a club by doing as well as we have in our other Europa League games.”