Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fulham boss backs Liverpool for a better run

Fulham manager Roy Hodgson insists that Liverpool still have reasons for optimism despite the Cottagers' victory over the Reds on Saturday.

Rafa Benitez's team ended the 3-1 defeat with only nine men and looked like a team in turmoil, but Hodgson is sure that the Merseysiders will turn things round.

"You never know. They are a very good team, very well organised," Hodgson told Liverpool's official website.

"They have some very good players and are unlucky at the moment that their talisman Steven Gerrard isn't playing and [Fernando] Torres isn't 100 per cent fit and has to be nursed through the games.

"But I can see them going on a really good run when they win seven, eight, nine games in a row and if that was to coincide with one or two defeats for the other top teams they would soon be up there again."

And Hodgson insists that it is far too early in the campaign to completely dimiss Liverpool's chances of success this season.

He concluded: "With a quarter of the season gone it is very early to be writing anybody off. I remember not so long ago Manchester United were lingering in the middle of the table almost halfway through the season and went on to win it."

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