Wednesday 13 November 2019

Reds fans don't like me -- Hodgson

West Brom boss Roy Hodgson expects a hot reception from Liverpool fans when returning to Anfield for the first time since being sacked by the Reds for tomorrow's Premier League clash.

Hodgson was dismissed in January 2011 after just eight months in charge before returning to management with the Baggies only 37 days later.

He admits to not being liked by the Liverpool supporters during his spell at the club. When asked if he will receive a good reception, Hodgson said: "I don't know. I wouldn't have thought so.

"There is no reason to give me a good reception because they didn't like me when I was there. I can't see they are going to like me now. There aren't that many people I worked with that are still there -- people like Damien Comolli (director of football) have moved on. But it will be nice to see one or two players I worked with."

Hodgson believes Liverpool will be in confident mood and with the pressure eased on them after reaching the FA Cup final.

"I'm sure they will be in a buoyant mood. Their home form has not been that good so they will be concentrating on getting the three points and as close to fourth spot as they can," he said.

"I don't see their FA Cup success having any bearing other than it will make them more confident and maybe take a bit of pressure off them in terms of the game. Had they lost the semi-final, then all the attention would have been on their home record, which hasn't been great this season."

Albion made sure of a third successive season in the top flight with last week's win over QPR but Hodgson is adamant his players will not ease up during the final three weeks of the campaign.

"There are four matches left where I hope we give good performances that bring us more points. I can assure everyone, particularly our fans, there is no letting up," he said.

"You want to finish as high as possible. You have a basic goal to stay in the league and a second goal to get as many points as you can and finish as high as possible."

Irish Independent

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