Hodgson won't compromise approach
After shipping three goals at both Manchester City and United, Liverpool have conceded just five in as many games on the road. But they have scored only four times, a statistic which has contributed to them extending their woeful record of just two away wins since 29
Liverpool have won just five of their 18 Premier League visits to Tottenham but Hodgson is hopeful now is the time for his side to convert their home form to success on their travels.
"Goalscoring is what it is down to. We haven't scored enough goals away from home or created enough goalscoring chances," said Hodgson. "There have been occasions where we have played too much football in front of the opposing defence, not got behind them enough or not got enough bodies into the box.
"This is something we work on all the time and are attempting to rectify. But I think you need to keep faith in your plan full stop when it comes to how the team defends and attacks, which the team work on every day. The principles which I have seen already this season on several occasions, when things are working for us, can make us look like quite a good football team.
"Defensively most of the time we haven't done that badly. We conceded three at Manchester City in a fairly poor performance and three at Manchester United where we were somewhat unlucky. Take those six goals out of the equation and we haven't been leaking goals away from home but we haven't been scoring enough either."
Despite Liverpool's poor start to the season, which left them in the relegation zone for a few weeks, a win by two goals tomorrow would lift them above tomorrow's opponents in the table. In comparison Spurs, who have excelled in the UEFA Champions League, are deemed to be having a good season.
But Hodgson does not feel his side have been treated unfairly as he accepts such a high-profile club like Liverpool have to deal with greater expectations than some of their rivals.
"I think Liverpool will always be harshly looked at, it is part and parcel of being at the club," he added. "The traditions of the club and the expectations to do well are always going to be very high.
"As a result I don't complain about harsh treatment. People want so much and every defeat becomes a private occasion for grief and we just have to accept that. But it is quite nice to be in the situation where, having done well in the last six games and taken 13 points, we have hauled ourselves up into a good position.
"A couple of good results between now and Christmas could see us at the turnaround period after 19 games in a quite decent position, which was about the most I could hope for after taking so few points from the first seven games.
"We took so few points (six) from the first eight games that the scenario at Christmas looked like being pretty disastrous. If we can get ourselves into a situation going into the new year where we are not looking at a disaster scenario then I am hoping we will kick on and have a better second half of the season."