Hodgson happy with Liverpool display

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson was surprisingly upbeat about Liverpool’s performance and future after a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Everton.

Tim Cahill put Everton in front before half-time in Sunday’s Premier League clash at Goodison Park and Mikel Arteta made sure of the points with a shot from the edge of the area after the break.

The Toffees have endured a testing start to the campaign and came into the Merseyside derby having won just once but they were too strong for a Liverpool team who remain in the relegation zone.

The three points will be gratefully received at Goodison but Moyes reckons his team have played much better than that already this season, without getting their rewards.

He told Sky Sports: "Their attitude was spot on and they got their reward.

"I thought we have played better in the majority of games than we did today but it was a derby and a different kind of game.

"Some of our performances (earlier in the season) were good but we did not get the result but today we did enough.

"We are getting away from the wrong end of the table. We are a good enough team to be at the top end."

Hodgson, meanwhile, decided to look on the positives and remains convinced his side are better than their league position suggests.

He said: "We fell behind to a deflected block which fell kindly for Cahill so I thought at half-time we were a bit unlucky to be a goal down because we had got back into the game well.

"In the second half we did everything the team could possibly do, we played well, created chances, we limited them to very few and put them on the back foot."

Fernando Torres again drew a blank and Hodgson admitted the Spaniard was low on confidence.

He added: "I don’t think he is physically unfit, I think he showed that today, he did plenty of work and we don’t have any injury problems with him.

"He got battered during the World Cup and mentally he is probably a bit low and he needs a goal or two to get it back. Certainly today I would have no qualms about his performance."

Liverpool’s position inside the bottom three with a record of one win in eight games is the standout story in the Premier League at present but Hodgson is refusing to panic.

"I don’t think it is a crisis, I thought the way we played today was not the level of a team in the bottom three but six points from eight games is a very poor return," he said.

"We need to start winning to climb the table and until we do the word ‘crisis’ will continue to be bandied around."