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What happened to Konchesky, Poulsen and Hodgson's Liverpool signings

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When Roy Hodgson arrived as Rafa Benitez's successor 11 years ago, it would prove to be a deeply unpopular appointment due to a negative style of football and an inability to connect with supporters.

A feeble and forgettable record in the transfer market was an indication of what was to come as Liverpool spent a chunk of the season at the wrong end of the Premier League table.



Unsurprisingly, Hodgson's reign at Anfield would only last a matter of months before the club turned to Kenny Dalglish who eventually guided them to a sixth-placed finish.



But what did happen to the six signings Hodgson made during his ill-fated spell in charge at Anfield? Here we take a look at the players whose careers at Liverpool never took off.



Danny Wilson

When Danny Wilson arrived from Rangers for £2m in July 2010, he was a young centre-back who was tipped to have a big future.

"In tandem with what we're doing with the first team, we've got to have our eyes and ears alert to any young talent that could be future stars," said Hodgson upon his arrival.

But Wilson's career never took off as many hoped it would and he slowly inched his way out of the back door having made nine appearances in all competitions.

During his three-year stay at Anfield, he spent time on loan at Blackpool, Bristol City and Hearts where he eventually signed on a free transfer after his contract expired.

He would later return to Rangers in 2015, but after three years he left to join Colorado Rapids who paid an undisclosed fee for the centre-back.

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Joe Cole

When Cole turned down Arsenal and Tottenham to sign for Liverpool, it was a transfer that was greeted with a great deal of excitement.

But he was never able to replicate the bewitching performance everybody had become accustomed to seeing at Chelsea.

Hodgson admitted during the course of the season that Cole's spell at Liverpool had not worked out, although in fairness to the midfielder the tactics were never suited to get the best out of him.

"Joe has to come to terms with the fact that he has come here after an unsuccessful period at Chelsea with high hopes of taking Liverpool by storm and unfortunately it's not happened," Hodgson said back in December 2010.

The writing was on the wall when he was sent off against Arsenal on his debut and he looked a shadow of his former self and back in 2013, he admitted it was the wrong move to make.

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"I can only play for teams that I'm passionate about and I think that's what went wrong for me at Liverpool," Cole said. "I didn't feel a connection with the club or the place that I had at Chelsea and West Ham.

"I had seven great years at Chelsea but the club wanted to go in a certain direction and I wasn't involved. So I was left with two real options - Liverpool or Spurs.

"Spurs was probably the best option because they were offering me a five-year deal and it meant I could stay in familiar surroundings.

"But I just couldn't do it, I just couldn't see myself pulling that Spurs shirt over my head. With the rivalry between Spurs and West Ham and Chelsea, it felt a bit mercenary."

Cole eventually left for Lille on loan and he also played for Aston Villa, before ending up back at West Ham. His last club in England was Coventry City and then he spent time playing in America with the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

He now works as a pundit.

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Christian Poulsen

Liverpool have made some dreadful signings in the Premier League era, but Poulsen can arguably be considered as one of the worst.

Just a few months into his career at Anfield, Hodgson pulled no punches when it came to assessing the midfielder's performances.

"He's not that bad on the ball, but let's not beat about the bush and try to disguise the fact – he's had a bad start," he said.

Thanks for that, Roy.

Having arrived in a £4.5m deal from Juventus, he made just 12 appearances before joining Evian in the summer of 2011.

Later signed for Ajax in 2012 before rejoining Copenhagen in 2014. Retired a year later and is now assistant coach at Ajax.

Brad Jones

Signed as back-up to Pepe Reina for £2.5m from Middlesbrough and made his debut in the infamous League Cup third round defeat against Northampton Town. Played just once more for Liverpool in 2010/11.

Jones did play his part in Liverpool's FA Cup run in 2012 and was a popular figure at Melwood before eventually departing the club in 2015. Signed for Bradford before having a short spell at NEC and even Feyenoord in the Netherlands.

He is now with Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia.

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Raul Meireles

Out of all the signings Hodgson made as Liverpool manager, Meireles was undoubtedly his most successful having wrapped up an £11.5m deal to join the club from Porto.

He was a versatile midfielder who could play an attacking or defensive role but after scoring five goals in 41 games for the Reds, he would leave for Chelsea after just one season.

Meireles said he did not want to leave Liverpool where he particularly shone under Dalglish and scored an absolute howitzer against Wolves.

After leaving the Reds for Chelsea, he spent two years at Stamford Bridge before joining Fenerbache. He then retired in 2016.

Meireles was last seen on Lip Sync Portugal, the video of which can be found online. We don't want to spoil it for you, but we'd urge you to check it out because it really is quite something.

Raul Meireles walks around the pitch with the players at the end of the Liverpool All Star Charity Match at Anfield in March, 2015 (Image: Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Paul Konchesky

It didn't start well and certainly didn't end well either despite Hodgson trumpeting Konchesky's arrival from Fulham.

It was a signing that epitomised the Hodgson reign and he proved unpopular with the supporters.

He lasted just six months before he was shipped off to Nottingham Forest on loan in January 2011. It didn't help that his mother made her presence felt by infamously branding Liverpool fans as "Scouse scum and branded Hodgson's team as "s**t".

Speaking about his time at Liverpool to Planet Football last year, he said: "When you look at Liverpool’s history as a football club, what they’ve achieved is amazing,” he says.

“I loved every club I played for, but when a massive club like Liverpool come calling you can’t turn it down. The opportunity I had to go was fantastic.

“In Liverpool you either support Liverpool or Everton. They love football – you’re either a red or a blue. It’s so small in Liverpool. Being from London you’re not used to how small it is because London is massive so you can support so many different football clubs.

“You walk around in Liverpool and everybody knows you because they all love football. That was the hardest part, moving, because I didn’t realise how small it is and how in control all the football fans are.”

Konchesky later played for Leicester, Gillingham, Billericay Town and East Thurrock United.

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