Liverpool `Pressure' Rises After Everton Loss; Manchester City Goes Second
Roy Hodgson said the pressure is building after Liverpool lost its first game under new ownership.
The Reds went down 2-0 at Everton yesterday and dropped one spot to 19th in soccer’s 20-team Premier League. Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta scored at Goodison Park for the Toffees, who had failed to beat their city rival in the league for three seasons.
“Every game we don’t win, the pressure builds up even more,” Liverpool coach Hodgson told reporters. “That will affect people’s confidence in the long run.”
Everton climbed six spots to 11th with nine points, while Liverpool is tied on six points with Wolverhampton Wanderers and last-place West Ham. The bottom three teams drop to the second tier at the end of the season. Manchester City moved into second spot on 17 points after a 3-2 victory yesterday at Blackpool, two points behind defending champion Chelsea.
Liverpool has one win from its opening eight league games. It was the club’s first match since the owners of the Boston Red Sox baseball team three days ago ended a legal fight for the 18- time English champion by concluding the purchase of the team for 300 million pounds ($480 million).
New England Sports Ventures LLC, controlled by John W. Henry and Tom Werner, was able to take advantage of the forced sale by Americans Tom Hicks and George Gillett. The former owners, who were in default for 280 million pounds to Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc and Wells Fargo & Co., last week tried to block the purchase in courts in the U.K. and Texas before dropping their case.
Henry Looks On
“The dream was we would come here on the back of new owners and win, but we had to play a game of football,” Hodgson said.
There were few other opportunities in the match for the visitors, who went behind after 34 minutes. Seamus Coleman charged forward to the right of the penalty area before setting up Cahill to fire past Jose Reina.
The lead was doubled five minutes after halftime as Arteta struck a powerful shot through a crowd of players.
Everton had chances to increase its lead, while Torres had Liverpool’s best opportunity of the second half -- Howard saving with his legs.
Hodgson said he hoped the new owners would back him in the so-called transfer window in January, but “the first thing” is to start winning matches.
“Hopefully we can do that and get ourselves in a better position, then if the owners can find a way to back us and improve the team in the transfer window we will obviously do so,” he said.
Manchester City won its fourth straight game to close the gap on Chelsea, which was held to a 0-0 tie at Aston Villa two days ago.
“We managed to ride the storm, score three good goals, and hung on at the end,” City winger James Milner told Sky Sports. “The best is to come but it’s the sign of a good team when they can win and not play the best football.”
City is three points ahead of Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham. Two days ago, Arsenal beat Birmingham 2-1, Manchester United let a two-goal lead slip to draw 2-2 against West Bromwich Albion, and Tottenham won 2-1 at Fulham.
In other games, Wolves and West Ham drew 1-1, Newcastle rallied to tie 2-2 against Wigan, and Bolton defeated Stoke 2-1. Blackburn hosts Sunderland today.
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