"I thought it was a fantastic effort but points are hard to come by in this league, so when you get so close you can't avoid that feeling of disappointment. Maybe that second-half performance deserved all three and not just one, but if someone had said at half-time you'll defend well and get a 0-0 or 1-1 I would probably have accepted that."
''We were a bit unlucky to get beaten so heavily. I thought we had one or two good spells in the game."Unlucky? One or two good spells in the game? Hmmm....apart from the Hart double-save, Liverpool were largely anonymous.
"It was a good performance from the Birmingham team but I was not that disappointed with our performance either. We kept to our task well. It is early days for me and the team. We've had players coming into the team trying to come to terms with what we are asking of them."
When Fergie attacked Torres in that 3-2 Old Trafford defeat,
"I prefer to talk about the game and talk about issues that interest me. Sir Alex is entitled to any opinion he wants to have but I'm not going to come here and say I agree or disagree."
"These days it is not a question of three or four teams dominating the league, it is getting harder and harder. Of course we are playing at home, we were 1-0 up and hopefully we would go on to build on that but unfortunately there was an opponent as well and they had something to say on the matter.''
"I think you could quite easily see today why Utrecht have such a good home record. It would have been unfortunate for them had we won the game tonight, I think Utrecht would have felt hard done by."
And finally after being outplayed by Everton in a 2-0 Merseyside derby defeat,
"I don't think it is a crisis, I thought the way we played today was not the level of a team in the bottom three but six points from eight games is a very poor return. We need to start winning to climb the table and until we do the word 'crisis' will continue to be bandied around. I refuse to accept we were in any way outplayed or in any way inferior. I thought the shape of our team was good, I thought our passing and moving was good. I watched the performance and in the second half that's as good as I have seen a Liverpool team under my management. It was a sterling effort in the second half."
Empire Of The Kop published this quirky conspiracy theory which is an interesting and funny read.
"I think it would be a sad day for football and for Liverpool if someone who had been brought in with the pomp and circumstance, and the money it took them to release me from my previous contract, and being feted as one of England's best managers - if after eight games people are deciding this guy has got to go."A bit too late? The way the players are playing now is surely making Hodgson's stay untenable. Besides ex-Barca manager, Frank Rijkaard is rumoured to take over, which could be great for Liverpool given the strong continental flavour within the squad.
So it is now two more matches to clarity on Hodgson's fate....and I suspect there is no immediate end to Liverpool's current poor form. It looks like Blackburn all over again for Roy Hodgson.