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Fernando Torres lacking belief - Liverpool boss Hodgson


Hodgson unsure how Liverpool lost

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has conceded striker Fernando Torres may be suffering from a lack of confidence.

Torres has only scored once from his 10 Liverpool appearances this season and was a peripheral figure again as the Reds lost 2-0 at Everton on Sunday.

"We don't have any injury problems with him," said Hodgson.

"He got battered for his performances at the World Cup and I think mentally he is a bit low. He needs a goal or two to get his confidence back."

Torres had a knee injury at the end of last season and came into the current campaign on the back of a groin problem he suffered after coming on as a substitute in Spain's win over the Netherlands in the World Cup final in July.

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However, he has been a regular in the Liverpool side this term and played against Everton, having gone off with an adductor muscle injury in the previous outing against Blackpool.

Hodgson praised the 26-year-old's efforts in the defeat by Merseyside rivals Everton, although a glanced header that was tipped over and a late shot were the forward's only efforts on goal in a game in which he was starved of quality service.

"I don't think that he is physically unfit," added Hodgson. "I think he showed that in the game as he did plenty of work and running around.

"I would have no qualms about his performance against Everton."

Goals from Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta gave Everton a deserved victory in front of Liverpool's new owners John W Henry and Tom Werner of New England Sports Ventures, who had issued a vote of confidence in Hodgson following their takeover.

We do need to start winning and climbing the table soon and until we do I'm sure the word crisis will be bandied about

Roy Hodgson

The Reds are now second from bottom in the Premier League, with only one win from eight games, but Hodgson insisted that positives could be taken from their performance.

"I thought at half-time we were a bit unlucky to be a goal down because we had got back into the game well," he stated.

"In the second half, we did everything the team could possibly do. We played well, created chances, limited them to very few and put them very much on the back foot. Unfortunately, by that time we were 2-0 down.

"I don't feel it to be a crisis because [against Everton] I don't think anyone would really believe that's the level of football a team in the bottom three or four would play.

"On the other hand, it is six points from eight games and that is a very poor return.

"We do need to start winning and climbing the table soon and until we do I'm sure the word crisis will be bandied about."

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