Hodgson: Reds crying out for change
Hodgson thinks his Reds squad can compete, but to get to the level of the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United he feels changes have to be made. The Anfield club are on the market and American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett are anxious to push through a sale. Hodgson is hoping that things in the boardroom will soon be finalised. "I think we will have a decent season, but whether we are really able to get our act together and take the next big step forward? That might depend on the ownership issue," he said. "The problems with the ownership are well documented and I can't wave a magic wand and make them go away. I certainly can't fool the public who live their lives through the club. "What I would like to see is what everyone at Liverpool would like to see - a solution to the ownership problem; that Martin Broughton finds an owner acceptable to the rest of the board, with the right intentions and who will, first and foremost, build a new stadium that increases the capacity. "That's for people who understand finance and I congratulate them for shielding us from those problems. "One hopes, as everyone at Liverpool hopes, this matter will be resolved sooner rather than later. It puzzles me no-one has bought the club yet, but there are obviously complications. "Of course, the club needs new ownership. We're not alone in that, but we're probably the most high-profile club in the world in that situation. "We want to make this club have a better season. That has to be the first objective, to do a bit better and then build a platform for future greatness." Hodgson admits that he was pleased to come through the transfer window unscathed after seeing the likes of Steven Gerrard, Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres stay with the club. "On the back of last season here being not as good as everyone wanted and the problems with ownership, clubs saw some rich pickings at Liverpool Football Club," he said. "That is why it was so important that we brought in four good players in Joe Cole, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulson and Paul Konchesky "But we also saved three very good players in Reina, Torres and Gerrard - all of whom were quite heavily courted by big clubs. "So I would like to say that saving those three players was as good as delivering the new players we were able to bring in."