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Hodgson Denies Links with Ronaldinho, Ashley Young and Suarez

Ashley Young Ashley Young of Aston Villa in action during a training session at Villa Park on October 25, 2010 in Birmingham, England.

Transfer rumours have grown over the past few years. They have moved on from things you may hear of various rumours here and there over the course of the season as well as a couple of times during the transfer window, and then the deal is done. They are now fully blown stories on players thinking of moving, agents asking or more money, hinting at a move, players going to leave then deciding against it, with blogs like this one circulating the latest gossip on players moving to what club and for how much, and so on.

But Roy Hodgson has dismissed the latest links to Brazilian Ronaldinho, Aston Villa pacey winger Ashley Young and biting “cheat” Luis Suarez. Hodgson, who has been under big pressure to turn Liverpool into a title challenging team again since taking over as manager, said the following:

“Ronaldinho and Suarez are players who we have never even thought about but I would think there is not a manager in the Premier League who has not given Ashley Young a thought at some stage or another,”

“But giving a player a thought and thinking ‘This is a good player’ and signing him are two vastly different things.

“I could give you quite a long list of players in the Premier League who I admire and think are very good.”

The “list” that Hodgson refers to probably includes every Fulham player that he managed at his time at Craven Cottage. Them, and the recent players linked to a move to Anfield. Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia may be in Hodgson’s mind as well as Ryan Shawcross of Stoke City. But lets listen to what Roy ha to say some more:

“But there is no truth in the rumour. If you are asking if there are any negotiations taking place between Aston Villa and Liverpool, then there aren’t.”

Hodgson is also comfortable with his position at the club due to the new owners and their dedication to the Liverpool cause:

“We have got new owners who are working unbelievably hard and putting in enormous hours at the club, both here physically, as they are at the moment, and even when they are in America spending hours studying games and liaising with us here”

They will all agree then, that Liverpool need to add to their squad in January. Back up players and a new energy is needed in most positions; a partner for Torres and a midfielder with a passing ability, vision and stability like Xabi Alonso who they lost to Madrid and still haven’t replaced. In addition to a strong centre back, to fill in for the injured Jamie Carragher while possibly partnering or replacing him in the future.

Hodgson knows additions to his squad must be made, and I am pretty sure he will act on this knowledge, because if Liverpool do not build on their recent current good form, then Hodgson’s time could be coming to an end at Liverpool as fans become frustrated with him.

Tell me what you think!

Submitted by DBS Football



  1. philip

    December 10, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Now this is the truth that Liverpools’ fan must believe in. I really don’t think Liverpool got the ability to buy these players instead of all these rumour….face the truth…guy

  2. Phillip's friend

    December 10, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I’m not your guy, friend.

  3. john

    December 10, 2010 at 6:02 pm


  4. kurt

    December 11, 2010 at 8:58 am

    im not your friend, buddy

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