Hodgson happy with current squad

26 November 2010 04:00
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson admits he has changed his opinion on players he inherited from predecessor Rafael Benitez and is now keen to keep the squad intact. Early on in his tenure, when a number of World Cup players were still getting up to speed and results were poor, the 63-year-old felt there had to be significant changes. New England Sports Ventures' acquisition of the club in October prompted suggestions of a major spending spree in January, but Hodgson acknowledges he may have been too hasty in his assessment of the playing staff. "Basically I know what my best team is - the best team is more than 11 players," said the Reds boss, who accepts his view may have been tainted by poor results. "I could have a best team and say one week it is with X and another week it is Y but it still would be my best team because the players are interchangeable. "I have a very clear picture now of what we should and need to be doing and the squad is stronger and getting stronger. It was probably stronger than I realised at certain stages in the early part of the season when we were losing games. "Hopefully that will mean we won't need to do too much in the January transfer window because it might be nice if we can keep all of these players fit and well and add the odd player or two who can help us. I have a lot of faith in the players who are playing at the moment because in the last two or three weeks we have put in some good performances."

Source: PA