Liverpool: when Roy Hodgson sold the wrong player while he was at the head of the Reds


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Liverpool have come a long way since the dark days of Roy Hodgson.

Hodgson only lasted 20 games at Anfield before being sacked with just five wins to his name in six months.

He left the club just four points above the relegation zone.

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The disastrous reign was not entirely Hodgson’s fault. Liverpool had a bad side and the off-field issues surrounding the owners certainly didn’t help.

But it quickly became clear that Hodgson didn’t have quite the right mindset to manage the biggest clubs in world football.

“It will be a great challenge,” he said of League Two Northampton ahead of their League Cup clash.

Liverpool v Northampton

To be fair, he was right as Liverpool lost on penalties.

Then he didn’t seem particularly agitated by a terrible 2-0 loss in the Merseyside derby.

“It was as good as we’ve been playing all season, and I have no qualms about the performance whatsoever,” he said.

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He was also more than happy to admit his side were in a relegation battle after a terrible start to the campaign.

“There are 31 games left but when you are in the relegation zone you are in a relegation battle,” he admitted.

But it wasn’t just the press conferences Hodgson couldn’t get at Liverpool. He also found the transfer side of things particularly difficult.

In fact, there is a story that suggests he once sold the BAD player to Fulham.

After arriving in the summer of 2010, Hodgson raided his former club, Fulham, for Paul Konchesky. The less we say about this 3.5 million pound signature, the better …

Paul Konchesky

As part of the deal, Lauri Dalla Vale and Alexander Kacaniklic visited Craven Cottage.

However, according to Kacaniklic, Hodgson wanted to sell a different Alex and not him.

“It was a bit difficult for Liverpool to replace me but when I was at Fulham and before signing up I had a conversation with Roy Hodgson on the phone where we found out he picked the wrong one Alex, “Kacaniklic said. to fotbolskananelen in a podcast, by the Echo of Liverpool.

“In his head he thought he had sold another Alex for Konchesky. But then it was too late. It’s a little fun!

“Then he just told me that I was welcome at Liverpool with open arms, but that I could do what I felt. By that time I had already made up my mind and I was very excited at the idea of ​​coming to Fulham. “

Alexander Kacaniklic

Wow. Imagine if Kacaniklic had become a superstar.

Fortunately for Hodgson and Liverpool, that didn’t turn out to be the case.

The Swede has managed 100 appearances for Fulham in the Premier League and the League and has had loan spells at Watford and Burnley.

He then moved to Nantes for free in 2016 before returning to his native country, Hammarby, in February 2019. Today, at the age of 30, he plays for Hajduk Split in Croatia.

Meanwhile, we wonder who was this other Alex that Hodgson wanted to sell …

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