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Sunday 20 April 2014

Hodgson's revenge well deserved

THERE weren't too many Liverpool fans happy at the latest reversal for manager Kenny Dalglish, but at the same time there was maybe a recognition that the club had it coming over the manner in which Roy Hodgson was treated during his time at the helm.

As Hodgson himself made the point in the dog days of his reign he never really got the support of the Kop. Any support he got on his arrival at the club was lukewarm at best and, while the assertion that the job was too big for him will be shared by most observers, not everything that went wrong for the Londoner during his tenure at Anfield was his fault.

Rafa Benitez's poor transfer policy – particularly over Xabi Alonso and Gareth Barry, which cost the club its real driving force (Gerard caught the eye, but it was the Spaniard who laid the ground work) – then, of course, there was the whole protracted saga over the ownership. None of these things (amongst others) helped.

So while Liverpool fans should be disappointed at the points dropped they shouldn't begrudge Roy his revenge.

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