Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson says midfielder Christian Poulsen is “devastated” by the poor start he has made to his career at Anfield.
Hodgson brought in Poulsen for £5million from Juventus over the summer after the departure of Javier Mascherano from the club.
But the Danish international has struggled in his first few games, finding it hard to adapt to the physicality of the English game.
His poor early form hasn’t won him any favours with the Anfield faithful and Hodgson says, “Unfortunately I can’t do anything about the fans, but he’s had one or two games in front of our crowd where he’s not played well, he knows he’s not.
“He’s devastated by that and the crowd, who aren’t stupid, know he’s not played well, it’s a fact of life.
“But he’s got quality, he’s a good defensive midfield player. He’s not that bad on the ball, but let’s not beat about the bush and try to disguise the fact, he’s had a bad start.
“He knows having played in Italy, for Juventus, when you play well the crowd sing your name and when you’re not playing well they boo you. He knows that.
“But I have every faith in him. We will get a lot of good use out of him over the year but he knows it will be tough to win the fans over.”