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Hodgson sold the wrong Liverpool man - and it summed up his tenure

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The short tenure of Roy Hodgson at Liverpool is not a marriage that ended well.

Indeed most involved in those six months or so that the former England boss was in charge would rather forget about them.

Granted, the shoes of Rafael Benitez were big ones to fill, but Hodgson and Liverpool never seemed a convincing relationship. The recruitment was poor and, as a result, so was the league and cup form.

Just how much of an awful spell it was for the Reds was underlined back in 2019, when claims emerged that Hodgson once sold the WRONG PLAYER to former club Fulham, the side he left to manage on Merseyside.

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Hodgson had just arrived at Anfield in the summer of 2010 when he looked to bolster a squad decimated in the wake of Benitez's departure.

He returned to Craven Cottage to rubber-stamp the ill-fated move for defender Paul Konchesky, while it was agreed that young pair Lauri Dalla Vale and Alexander Kacaniklic would head in the opposite direction, accompanied by a fee of £3.5m

Kacaniklic, though, has since revealed that Hodgson tried to put a stop to the transfer - because he was selling the wrong Alex.

"It was a bit difficult for Liverpool to replace me, but when I was in Fulham and before I signed up, I had a conversation with Roy Hodgson on the phone, where we found out that he had chosen the wrong Alex," said Kacaniklic to fotbolskananelen in a podcast.

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"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 I was welcome back in Liverpool with open arms, but that I could do what I felt. By then I had already made my mind up and was very excited about coming to Fulham."

Kacaniklic says Benitez's exit had a detrimental effect on Liverpool, particularly among the younger players.

"When Roy Hodgson came to the club, it was a little different, a big change," he said. "Benitez had been there before and made the club his own with everyone who worked at the club.

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"When he left and took all his people with him, it became a bit turbulent. Hodgson didn't look so much at us youngsters, he wanted quick results. He wanted Paul from Fulham."

Kacaniklic went on to play 100 times for Fulham before joining French side Nantes. He's now back in his Swedish homeland with Hammarby.

This story was originally published in July 2019.

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