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December 30, 2010 by  

Happy New Years, (AFP) – Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has insisted he could not cope with mocking taunts of fans after his side badly hit bottom this season. Hodgson lit fans during a shocking 1-0 home defeat by relegation Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on Wednesday. Thousands chanted ironically “Hodgson for England” after replacing David Ngog with Ryan Babel in the second half as they bellowed also the name of the club legend and former boss Kenny Dalglish.

Dalglish has been overlooked for the post of manager Rafa Benitez when left in preseason.

“I’m starting to get used to it,” said Hodgson after Stephen Ward’s 56th minute goal condemned Liverpool to a third defeat in four games.

“That’s the way it is. He (Dalglish) was a rival for the job but the job was given to me and he is a Liverpool legend, “the former Fulham manager said.

“I do not hear these things. I try to do the best job I can and I work hard. This is not something I like, but it’s not something I can control.

“It means the Kop to show they are not happy with the way the team plays. As a manager, you must accept responsibility for it and take it on the chin.

“We had to live with this for some time. Since I came here the famous Anfield support was not really there,” Hodgson said in a remark that risked alienating even more support sections of Based in Liverpool.

“There was the problem with the owners and Kenny is so popular and I will work – so I had to live with it.

“I hope that fans became fans because we need support. We do not intentionally lose games, “said 63-year Hodgson.

“You’ve seen these players before. They are just not playing like they did in the past, so I think it’s time for fans to really help as well, “said Hodgson, who has succeeded in several European countries, including move to Inter Milan in Italy.

“It’s not for lack of trying that we do not win games. Maybe we lack quality and lack of trust and negativity does not help. Players do not receive the ball for fear of making mistakes. ”

Liverpool late 2010 to 12th place in the Premier League, but only three points above the relegation zone and another defeat at home to Bolton on New Year’s Day could spell the end of the reign of Hodgson six months.

“Disappointing is the buzzword at the moment but I do not know if it deserves a stronger word than that,” said Mr. Hodgson of Liverpool’s first loss under Wolves in 26 years.

“It was as bad team performance we gave, certainly here at Anfield. And to compound the problem we ended up giving them a goal.

“So instead of a disappointing 0-0 0-1 it was a particularly disappointing. They stuck to their gameplan well, were very physical and won all the challenges on the ground.

“It was a sad way to end 2010 and a sad way to play the first game for a few weeks in front of our own supporters while we were anxious to show them that we could climb the table.

“We have dropped and they showed us what they thought of him and I would have probably done the same in their position.

“There were not many of our players who could come off the field and say they gave everything they had.”

Bottom Wolves kick off the table, but they are now above West Ham, who they face at Upton Park on Saturday.

“Perception most people, wolves would be” they go down, they are bottom of the league and has just been beaten at home by Wigan, then he comes here (Anfield), sit down and get our ass slapped and our bellies Tickled and go home with nothing, “said director Mick McCarthy.

“But we decided that we did not have that. We come here and go have a real fortune favored the brave.”

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