Hodgson knows it is what the team can do over the entire campaign which will decide whether they are successful or not.
"It will take more time than a win," said the Reds boss in response to suggestions the Sunderland game could turn things around completely.
"It will certainly make my life a bit happier and I shall sleep a bit better on Saturday night if we get a win - but we might not.
"Nothing I can say changes the result on Wednesday or repair any damage done by the poor performance.
"Maybe then there will be a totally different atmosphere and attitude."