Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson calls for patience in rebuilding squad

Englishman believes process will take time

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has called on supporters to have patience with him during a time in which he is trying to rebuild the Merseysiders’ squad, although he has condeded it may be more of a long-term project.

Hodgson has been linked with January moves for Bolton pair Gary Cahill and Johan Elmander, as well as Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Young, but the former Fulham boss admits it may take more than one transfer window to resurrect the club.

“I would plead for patience really," he told reporters. "Of course we want Liverpool to be the Liverpool of old. We want to be up there every year competing in the Champions League.

“But we might have to accept that it will take us longer than a few months. That would be a small price to pay if you get it right. You only have to look at teams who have tried to stay in the league or get into the top four.

“Clubs have virtually been destroyed by people making bad decisions. It’s not because they owners haven’t given money or supported the manager. It’s just that they have brought in the wrong people.”

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