Roy: Reds owners are realistic

However, the 63-year-old believes it will be achieved with the

necessary investment in players and implementing the right

structure behind the scenes. On Monday principal owner John Henry

labelled results this season as “unacceptable”. Hodgson agreed but

insisted there would not be any knee-jerk reaction from New England

Sports Ventures, despite continued speculation about his own

future. “The owners are very intelligent people and have a very

clear vision. What they want is for the club to be in the top

four,” he said. “But what they also realise that coming in when

they have come in (buying the club in October), and me coming in

when I did (July), it might not be quite as easy as all that. “It

is not a question of waving a magic wand and we are going to get

there. “There is a lot of work to be done and I need to know at

some stage that I am having a bit more input into who is coming

into the club so I can take even more responsibility for it. “At

the moment I am working largely with the team who have been here

for a large period of time but I am happy with that and the work

those players are doing, I am not complaining in any way. “But the

owners know there is work to do in every area of the club, not

least in terms of recruitment and it will be interesting to see how

quickly we push that on. “The quick fix may not be the right thing,

it may be a more patient approach and they mentioned that. “It may

take some time – hopefully sooner than later, hopefully this year

rather than next or next year rather than the year after. “With the

owners’ help we will get it 100% right because we will improve the

team as well. “Everything for me with the owners has been 100%

positive, they have been absolutely excellent.” While form in the

Premier League have been inconsistent, Liverpool’s results in

Europe has been impressive. They have yet to lose in nine Europa

League matches and have qualified as Group K winners ahead of

tonight’s final game at home to Utrecht. Hodgson said their

European exploits, often with a weakened team, have helped keep

things ticking over during some of the more difficult moments of

his six-month reign. But now they are into the knockout stage he

admits he feels a responsibility to deliver. “This is a club with a

great legacy, a club which expects – not just wants – to win things

and certainly in Europe where we have been very successful,” he

said. “I do feel the pressure of that legacy and as a result I am

really satisfied I, not wanting to be the Liverpool manager who

didn’t get his team into the knockout stage, have had the courage

to do what we have done in Europe. “If I could be as satisfied with

our 17 league games as I am with our European games I would be a

very happy man.” Hodgson intends to play a strong side on Wednesday

night with striker Fernando Torres and goalkeeper Jose Reina set to

start.