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Jamie Carragher told Liverpool manager his ‘biggest mistake’ as FSG sack admission made



Jamie Carragher told Liverpool manager his ‘biggest mistake’ as FSG sack admission made

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson believes he was doomed from the start as Liverpool manager.

In 2010, the Reds were in disarray after finishing seventh and parting company with Rafa Benitez. Champions League qualification had been the norm but discontent had grown over the Spaniard’s defensive tactics.

A successful spell at Fulham – where he helped them reach the Europa League final – saw Hodgson named as Benitez’s replacement. However, his time at Anfield lasted just six months, with Liverpool sitting 13th in the Premier League after a 3-1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers.

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Hodgson’s biggest job at club management ultimately ended in failure but, over a decade on, he has claimed the move was always destined to fail. The 75-year-old – enjoying an end-of-career renaissance at Palace – told The Overlap Extra: “I went to a club (Liverpool) where there was a change of ownership and no one really knew what they wanted.

“There were large swathes of fans who didn’t believe I was the right man for the job (and thought) Kenny Dalglish was the man they wanted to come back. That was clear straight away, and even more clear when the new owners came in. We weren’t winning.

“To have any chance of success at all, from the first game, I had to start winning, getting results and playing good football, rather than struggling as we were near the middle of the table – in the same way Liverpool were doing until recently this season. It was always going to be an uphill battle from that.”

The former England manager also revealed a conversation he had with then vice-captain Jamie Carragher. Hodgson, like Benitez, was renowned for his pragmatic style – an observation that was not lost on Carragher or the Liverpool fans.

“Jamie Carragher told me what my biggest mistake at the club was,” Hodgson added. “He (Carragher) said, ‘We’ve been coached, we’ve had Rafa Benitez for two and a half years, and his coaching and messages were pretty rigid.’

“Jamie is a big fan of Benitez, so this wasn’t a criticism in any way. Jamie said, ‘You’ve come in and done the same thing. You’d have been better off adopting a different approach.’

“My approach worked well at Fulham and Blackburn – people accepted that we were going to be very structured and organised and play that type of football, so I’ll do that here and we are going to get better. Maybe it’s not always possible to do that.”


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Liverpool duo set to miss Leicester clash as the Reds suffer yet another injury blow

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita will miss Monday’s Premier League match against Leicester City due to injuries.

Liverpool duo Firmino and Keita sidelined again

Firmino, who will become a free agent at the end of the season, sustained a muscular problem before last month’s match against Nottingham Forest and has missed the last five matches.

Keita, who will also leave the club when his contract expires this summer, has been out for 12 Premier League games due to a muscular issue. Klopp said that while Firmino could return after Monday’s match, Keita will not be available.

Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita will not be available for Monday’s trip to Leicester, Jürgen Klopp has confirmed ⤵️

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 12, 2023

Liverpool have won their last six matches and are currently fifth in the Premier League standings, with a chance to qualify for the Champions League if they continue their winning streak.

Klopp targets midfield overhaul, reassures players’ interest

Klopp has expressed his intention to overhaul the midfield during the summer transfer market and said that Liverpool are still an attractive destination for players despite the possible lack of Champions League football next season.

“When I talk to a player – if I’m allowed to talk to a player – we cannot say in the moment if we have Champions League football.

So, if we’re already talking, then it is already clear that he already knows about that situation. But it’s just a general thing. I think if you join a club, you reach something together with the club.”

He went on,

“It’s obvious we have to be part of the Champions League, fight for trophies and these kind of things. If you want to be part of that, you’re more than welcome.

We cannot guarantee this year Champions League football.

But all the rest is the same as before: a fantastic club with a really good football team – and a better one hopefully next year.

It’s really that simple. Still Liverpool. We’re really attractive to a lot of players.”

Injuries pile up for Liverpool ahead of Leicester clash

Klopp’s pre-match press conference confirmed that Firmino and Keita have not rejoined team training and will not be available for the Leicester match.

Klopp suggested that Firmino could potentially return to the squad after Monday’s match against Leicester but it remains to be seen if Keita will play again for the club before his contract expires. Klopp told reporters,

“No, they were not in team training yet. I saw Bobby in training yesterday and it looks like pretty much [he is] nearly there, but I don’t think he will be in for the weekend.

If I go out of here and he will in the session, I would be surprised. I assume that we start with him team training-wise after the Leicester game. And Naby, no.”

There is a possibility that Keita may have played his final game for the club due to his ongoing injury concerns. Liverpool’s injury concerns do not stop with Firmino and Keita. Stefan Bajcetic, Calvin Ramsay, and Thiago Alcantara are also struggling with long-term injuries.

Klopp’s team will face a challenging match against relegation-battling Leicester on Monday without Firmino and Keita. Liverpool have surged up to fifth place in the standings, one point behind Manchester United and three worse off than Newcastle United.

However, Man United and Newcastle both have a game in hand on their Merseyside rivals and can move out of sight when they face Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United respectively on Saturday.

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