The Roy Hodgson era at Liverpool left us all scarred. It was the lowest ebb of Liverpool’s post Shankly history. If we had been knocked off our perch, this was when we finally hit the ground, the rock bottom. Hodgson had us fighting relegation and watching players like Paul Konchesky pull on a Liverpool shirt. Last night Manchester United travelled to AZ Alkmaar and drew 0-0. The result confirmed that they are firmly in their Hodgson era and a striking parallel acts as evidence.
Way back in 2010, Liverpool visited the Netherlands in the Europa League. Woy took his team to Utrecht and the Reds battled out a 0-0 draw against a Dutch side that included a young Dries Mertens. Hodgson tried to play up the draw as a good point away from home. Just 3 years previous, Liverpool had been Champions League finalists in Athens, now the Reds were meant to be happy with a point against Utrecht in the Europa League.
Last night Man United visited the Netherlands in the Europa League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took his team to AZ Alkmaar and the Red Devils battled out a 0-0 draw against the Dutch side. Ole tried to play up the draw as a good point away from home. These parallels are incredibly damning. As much as we despise Man United, they are one of the biggest teams in world football. A draw away at AZ Alkmaar should never be a good point for a team of their stature, just as a point at Utrecht should never have been good enough for us.
This is it, United fans. You have hit rock bottom, take solace in that. You are in your Hodgson era, give it 5-7 years and you may be in your Jürgen Klopp era.