What a truly awful six months it was with Roy Hodgson in charge of Liverpool!
Now doing rather well at Crystal Palace, the same could not be said about his time in charge of the Anfield outfit as it was quite the nightmare for supporters to endure and will still leave them with horrible memories to this day.
Liverpool certainly were not in a good place when the now-71-year-old walked in through the door, however, he did not exactly help to improve matters either.
Although he took Fulham to the brink of Europa League glory in the 2009/10 campaign, managing the Kopites seemed to be outside of his level, despite having two managerial spells at the likes of Inter Milan.
In truth, Hodgson’s transfers had let him down. Joe Cole’s arrival on a free transfer was well-received, however, his other deals left many scratching their heads. This is the manager that brought in the likes of Christian Poulsen, Paul Konchesky, Brad Jones, Raul Meireles and handed Fabio Aurelio a new deal after he had already left Anfield (Liverpool Echo).
Javier Mascherano was lucky he jumped ship when he did.
However, he almost made another rather weird transfer in the summer transfer window of 2010 as he looked to turn Liverpool’s fortunes around before being given the boot six months later.
According to a report by The Daily Mail, Hodgson tried to bring Carlton Cole to Anfield… Yeah, we’ll let that sink in for a bit.
In fact, the manager was so keen on bringing the West Ham United forward to the club that the two sides kept going backwards and forwards to try and get a deal done for the striker. Liverpool offered £7million for him, whilst the Hammers wanted £10m. To this day, it’s hard to know who came out on top of this one.
The Reds could still have a huge claim in being the winners though as Cole managed to score just five Premier League goals that season and was unable to help the Irons remain in the top-flight.
What is rather clear though; Liverpool dodged a bullet on this one.
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