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Hodgson: I have players' support

Roy Hodgson insists he retains the Liverpool players' support despite the dismal performance in the home defeat to Wolves on Wednesday.

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Liverpool are languishing in 12th place after Wednesday's result, which was their eighth league defeat of a disastrous season. Last term's seventh-placed finish under Rafael Benitez was considered calamitous, but the Reds look to be facing an uphill battle if they are to match that effort in 2011.

The fans made their disapproval clear during the defeat to Wolves and, while Hodgson accepts they have turned against him, he insists the players remain onside.

"I have been lucky the support I have had has been from the players and within the club," he said. "I haven't had a lot of support from the fans ever since I came here. The fans have not been happy with what they have seen in the whole of 2010 and since I came here we have not won enough games to keep them happy.

"That is understandable in the sense that they were hoping when I came here the latter part of last season would be forgotten and we would start flying again. That hasn't happened and as a result, as manager, you are the one in the firing line, but of course it doesn't make the job easier because it makes the players more nervous.

"I can only say as a manager you have to understand that fans care for their club and want it to do well and when it is not doing well they voice their disapproval.

"That is the way of football today. When you take on any job, especially a big job like this one, and results don't go the way people want - especially when you lose games at home - you are going to be a target for disapproval.

"I have to accept that and try to keep doing my job and try to improve things for the club and hoping that the results turn around.

"It is a vicious circle and in order to break it we have to start playing well and winning matches because if we don't they are going to reserve their support until such time as we can do it."

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