Agger Jibe Heaps Pressure On Roy Hodgson at Liverpoolby Sean Raymond / 21 September 2010, 08:19Tweet
If Roy Hodgson was unaware of the pressure he would be under at a club like Liverpool he certainly is this week as the club contained their faltering start to the new Premier League season, the club lost at Man United on Sunday to give the club its worst Premier League start in 18 years and Hodgson will be feeling the heat. If that wasn't enough for Hodgson to think about then he is now facing criticism from his own squad with Daniel Agger breaking rank, the Dane who has fallen out of favour criticised Hodgson for his long ball style of play and that is sure to anger the new Manager at Anfield.
Liverpool have only won one game in the Premier League season at home to West Brom to leave them with five points in five games, Hodgson will point to a tough fixture list with games already taken place against Man City, Arsenal and Man United as well as an away game against Birmingham who are tough to beat at home. Agger now has heaped pressure on the Manager after losing his place in the team to Martin Skrtel, there is very little to choose between Agger and Skrtel but at the moment it appears that Hodgson has decided to go with the no nonsense Skrtel as opposed to the more cultured Daniel Agger.
Hodgson has been getting slightly twitchy in his press conferences following some barbs from the press, but that comes with the step up from a smaller club like Fulham to a club like Liverpool where he is Managing the club in a gold fish bowl environment. The club are struggling both on and off the pitch at the moment with no sign of the takeover which the club so badly needs, there is even talks about Tom Hicks taking sole charge of the club and refinancing the debt to the horror of the fans. Roy Hodgson though knew the situation before he joined the club so he is unable to use that as an excuse for the teams difficult start, the first eleven if all fit should still be able to compete for a top four finish and that has long been the aim for Hodgson.
The Manager and senior players have called for calm with Hodgson saying judge the team after 10 games and not five as they are doing at the moment, if that is the case then results will need to start picking up pretty soon starting with a win at home against Sunderland this weekend as they look to climb back into the top half of the Premier League. Time is already starting to run out though with the team already ten points behind league leaders Chelsea one month into the new season.