Reds domination delights defeated Hodgson

The 63-year-old claimed the team put in their best performance in
his three-month reign in the second half. However, he accepted if
they still had ambitions of a top-four finish they had to go on a
run of four or five victories. Tim Cahill put the Toffees ahead in
the 34th minute and Mikel Arteta added the second four minutes
after the interval. Asked if his side were outplayed by Everton the
Liverpool boss said: “That’s very unfair. “We suffered at the hands
of an early onslaught which you invariably do at Goodison but
towards the end of the first half we started to even things out.
“From what I saw I thought we dominated the second half totally. “I
thought the shape of the team was good today, the quality of our
passing and movement was good. “We didn’t score goals and Everton
did but I refuse to accept that we were in any way outplayed or any
way inferior. “I watched the performance and the second half was as
good as I saw a Liverpool team play under my management that is for
sure.” Liverpool have endured their worst start to a season since
1953-54, when they were relegated, and they remain rooted in 19th
place. Hodgson, asked if the top four was out of reach, added:
“There are 30 games to go, 90 points to play for, so we’d have to
start doing something special I suppose. “But I don’t know I would
write that off necessarily. “What it would take is a really good
run on the spin but I thought there were signs in the game today
that the quality of football was there. “Who knows, we could get
those four or five wins on the spin – that is what it is going to
take.” Liverpool have now not won in six matches in all
competitions and Hodgson admitted, with only one league victory
this season, the pressure was mounting. “We have taken six points
from eight games and every game we don’t win the pressure builds
even more and that will affect people’s confidence in the long
run,” he added. “The pressure mounts but I’m not trying to use that
as an excuse.” Liverpool were watched by new owner John W Henry,
whose New England Sports Ventures completed a £300million
buy-out this week. Unfortunately the players could not match the
performance of their legal team, who successfully prevented former
owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett blocking the sale. “The dream
was we would come here on the back of new owners and win the game
but there is no point in attempting to analyse dreams,” Hodgson
said. “This would have been the ideal opportunity to turn things
around on the back of the positive entry of the new owners and to
get a result here would have been Utopia.” Everton manager David
Moyes was delighted just to end a run of three successive league
derby defeats. “The smile’s not come off my face. It’s been a long
time. I’m really disappointed I’ve not been able to win more
derbies,” he said. “We play against a really good football club but
it’s not been because of a lack of effort. “In the past we’ve
probably lacked the quality to match Liverpool. I don’t think we do
now. “We’ve got players of real quality who could play for the big
clubs. “Whoever scored the first goal was going to be really
important and I think we always looked more likely in the first
20-25 minutes. “I was delighted to get in front because both teams
have not been scoring that freely.”