The under-fire Liverpool manager, a target for disgruntled fans at the end of Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Stoke, recently bemoaned the lack of adequate cover for Fernando Torres up front and claimed 'we really need to address it in the New Year.'
Torres has at least been given the all-clear by Spain's medical team, after arriving with an ankle ligament strain, and assured he will be fitto face West Ham at Anfield on Saturday.
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But there was little else to cheer Hodgson, who had to endure more calls for Kenny Dalglish to replace him against Stoke and has now been told he must persevere with a squad he admits is not strong enough.
The former Fulham boss was eager to bring in reinforcements in attack and defence but appeared to have his hopes dashed after Henry told fans' group Red And White Kop:
'The club has gone through a very difficult period, and the period hasnot ended. We have work to do, and we must invest in this club toimprove it on the field. Can that be successfully done in January? Anumber of people I've talked with doubt it.
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'Most seem to think it will be the summer before we can really begin to improve. So the players - all 11 each week - have to be on the same page every match and have to live up to the history and respect this club has engendered, no matter what.
'We've dealt with baseball players and race car drivers at the highest level. LFC also have players at the highest level and they all want the same thing, to win. It's up to us to build a winner going forward, and it's up to them to determine to win now.
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'We saw a certain team on the field against Chelsea last week that showed what they can do. We know how competitive the League is, but this club can be better. Blaming the manager or any one particular player is simply wrong. This club needs to play up to their potential every match. If they don't, they won't win.'
Henry revealed he has set Academy technical manager Jose Segura and under-18 coach Rodolfo Borrell a target of producing graduates good enough to play in the Champions' League.
'I've been to the academy three times and met them both,' he said. 'They are key people for the future of Liverpool. They know their work is now a major priority for us, and I have made a personal commitment to them. We intend giving them the resources to build LFC for the future.
'We need 'top four' young players. They will not produce a quick fix, but our philosophy in football will be based on the long-term. That is what has made Arsenal and Manchester United so strong. They understand something we understand in Boston - to be consistently strong on the field, you must have a consistent flow of young talent that has been nurtured and developed the right way.'
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