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.”