But Hodgson has been around the block too long to start making bold statements about what Liverpool will do this season.
And he will not fall into the same trap as his predecessor Rafa Benitez, who said he "could guarantee fourth place" before they eventually finished seventh.
Boss Hodgson said: "Everyone's working hard to become a team.
"I don't pretend that the team, after 1½ weeks with me, is going to be anything like the one we will become. You work on the training field day after day, week after week, and it would be crazy to suggest we're at the top of our game, or where we want to be.
"I don't make predictions, other than we'll do our best. We'll be disappointed if, at the end of the season, fans say we didn't try our hardest.
"If it falls into place we will have a good season."