Hodgson has been in football long enough to know that he will carry the can for everything that has gone wrong with Liverpool’s start to the season.
Lying 19th in the Premier League, that is the nature of the game. The problem, though, runs deeper than that.
Liverpool are paying the price for relying so heavily for so long on two men: Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres. For several years, they have turned to them to win games, to get them out of trouble. For years, they produced.
Suddenly, one of the two is proving ineffective.