Roy Hodgson has backed Christian Poulsen to come good at Liverpool. Poulsen has struggled to adapt to English football, with his last Premiership start being the awful 2-1 defeat to Blackpool back on October 3rd. However, he is likely to start today with Steven Gerrard and Jay Spearing injured and Lucas Levia suspended and Hodgson has backed the Dane to start showing his best form. "He's been a bit unlucky. He's had one or two poor games but when you come to a new club and you have a poor game or you're playing in a losing team, it gets noticed by everybody," said the boss. "Last year and the year before it was Lucas, and now suddenly people are realising Lucas is a good player. I'm sure everyone here will realise Christian Poulsen is also a very good player. "It'll be tough for him if the team doesn't start well and he doesn't start well against West Ham. He'll have to accept he won't have the crowd with him. "He's a very strong character, a very experienced player and you don't play 80-odd games for Denmark and for clubs like Sevilla and Juventus unless you've got something special about you."