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Liverpool nears the bottom
- Published: 5 Oct 2010 at 10.57
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The situation at Liverpool is “bleak, really bad”, but not hopeless, says manager Roy Hodgson after a home loss to Blackpool put his club in the bottom three
Relegation battle for Liverpool?
These are anxious times for Liverpool fans, and that includes tens of thousands of hard-core Liverpool supporters living here in Thailand.
Sunday’s loss to newly-promoted Blackpool at Liverpool’s own Anfield stadium dropped the club into the bottom three of the Premiership. Although there are still many matches to play, some fans are already having nightmares of the unthinkable: relegation.
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson admitted that thought was on his mind.
‘‘You can say that — it’s seven games (played), there are 31 left, which is an awful lot of games, but the fact is that when you are in the relegation zone you are in a relegation battle,’’ Hodgson said.
‘‘Things look bleak and really, really bad and I can’t put a brave face on it,’’ added the veteran English manager, who arrived at Anfield in pre-season having won plaudits for his work in reviving Fulham.
‘‘It’s a bad day and a very bad result and a great day for Blackpool but their great result is our nightmare result.’’
Hodgson did have words of comfort for Liverpool fans, however. He said the team’s morale was still high and they have far too much quality to be a relegation side. He pointed to his team’s spirited second-half performance as evidence.
“When you saw the way we played in the second half, I am incredulous that anyone can suggest we will finish in the bottom three,” he said.
‘‘We have a lot of work to turn the situation around. But with 31 games left to play I am absolutely convinced Liverpool will not be in the bottom three at the end of the season.
‘‘Whether we can fulfil our ambition of finishing towards the top is another matter after the start we have had.”
Adapted from an AFP story in today’s Bangkok Post.
bleak – having little or no hope for the future; cold, empty and not welcoming or attractive โดยสิ้นหวัง, โดยหมดหวัง, เปล่าเปลี่ยว
relegation – moving someone or something to a less important position, in this case, moving a team to a lower division การลดตำแหน่ง, ลดขั้น
anxious – worried because you think something bad might happen ที่วิตกกังวล, ที่ร้อนใจ
hard-core – loyal and willing to give your time and energy to something that you believe in อุทิศตัวเพื่อ
promoted – moved to a higher level or position, in this case to moving a team up to the Premiership การเลื่อนตำแหน่ง
nightmare – an extremely unpleasant event or experience or possible event or experience; a very upsetting or frightening dream ฝันร้าย
unthinkable – extremely unpleasant or frightening, i.e., something you don't want to think about; impossible to imagine ที่ไม่สามารถจินตนาการได้, คิดไม่ถึง,นึกไม่ถึง
admit – to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it ยอมรับ
put a brave face on – to try to make a situation seem less serious than it is
veteran – a person who has a lot of experience in a particular area or activity ผู้อาวุโส
plaudits – praise การแสดงความชื่นชมอย่างกระตือรือร้น
revive - to come or bring something back to life, health, existence, or use ทำให้ฟื้นชีพ
morale – the amount of enthusiasm that a person or group of people feel about their situation at a particular time กำลังใจ, ขวัญ
quality – a high standard คุณภาพ
spirited – full of energy ซึ่งมุ่งมั่น, มีกำลังใจ
evidence – facts, observations or objects that help to prove whether or not something is true หลักฐาน
incredulous – showing that you find something hard to believe; not able to believe something, or not wanting to believe it ซึ่งเหลือเชื่อ, ซึ่งไม่น่าเชื่อ, ที่ไม่อยากจะเชื่อ
absolutely – completely โดยสิ้นเชิง, อย่างแน่นอน, อย่างแท้จริง
convinced – certain; sure แน่ใจ, มั่นใจ
fulfil – to achieve something that you wanted to do, or to get something that you hoped for สำเร็จ
ambition – something that you very much want to do, usually something that is difficult to achieve จุดมุ่งหมาย, ความปรารถนาอันแรงกล้า
matter – a situation or subject which is being dealt with or considered เรื่อง