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Hodgson receives backing from Henry

16 Nov 2010 - 16:15:56

Liverpool owner John W Henry has leapt to the defence of under-pressure manager Roy Hodgson following last weekend's shocking 2-0 Premier League loss at Stoke City.

The Merseysiders appeared to be turning the corner after claiming ten points from a possible 12 prior to their aberration at the Britannia Stadium to help them into the top half of the table.

Many sceptics were calling for Hodgson to be removed in the Potteries, but the American supremo has now called for calm.

Henry, who fronts the New England Sports Ventures group that bought the Anfield giants from Tom Hicks George Gillett, has also hinted that a splurge in the January transfer market may not be the way to move forward.

"This club can be better and blaming the manager or any one particular player is simply wrong," Henry said.

"This club needs to play up to their potential every match. If they don't, they won't win.

"We have work to do and must invest in this club to improve it on the field. Can that be successfully done in January?

"A number of people I've talked with doubt it. Most seem to think it will be the summer before we can really begin to improve. So all the players have to be on the same page and have to live up to the history and respect this club has engendered.

"The club has gone through a very difficult period and that period has not ended.

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