Five thoughts coming off the weekend action around the world:
So far, the English media seemingly has given Liverpool manager
Surely Hodgson's remit to steady the squad meant that Liverpool should be holding around seventh and, in a best-case scenario, challenging for a top-four spot once more. However, Liverpool has looked even worse than last season.
Granted, it's still early, but the initial signs from Hodgson aren't promising. He's applied a strict adherence to holding rigid defensive lines, dropped the defensive back line deeper and ceased to pressure teams high. As a result, Liverpool now invites opposing teams to dictate the play, shows little inclination to set tempo or attack, and displays little imagination or creativity when it does. Fulham's
Just as bewildering has been Hodgson's use of Portuguese international holding midfielder
"I think I've showed my commitment to this team, to this city and to this franchise, and it's time for them to show me some commitment as well," De Rosario told reporters after the game.
To be fair to De Rosario, given the limited production of DPs
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