There has never been a more torrid time this millennium than during Roy Hodgson’s dismal reign as manager of Liverpool FC.
The former England manager was always in for a difficult job after taking the mantle from Champions League-winning manager Rafa Benitez in 2010. His time at Anfield was a sour affair and only lasted 20 Premier League matches before he was sacked in January 2011.
Hodgson, 72, is currently the oldest manager in the Premier League and will take charge of his 301st league match when he comes up against his former club on Saturday.
However, despite an impressive and lucrative managerial CV his time at Liverpool will ultimately be remembered with the least regard. Having guided Fulham to the Europa League final in 2010, Hodgson seemed an appropriate fix to succeed Benitez.
The former Blackburn rovers manager, however, never connected with fans and was an anaemic figure on Merseyside. Hodgson only managed 13 wins from a possible 31 matches during his time at Anfield and its because of Liverpool’s recent success that fans will never forget Hodgson’s disastrous tenure as the Red’s boss.
The success of Jurgen Klopp typifies where Liverpool supporters feel they should be with a club of the Red’s stature. Champions of Europe and current Premier League leaders define why the German head coach is already a club icon and sadly for Hodgson how far off the mark the Englishman fell during his five-month reign.
Hodgson has lost every one of his three league meetings against the former Borussia Dortmund manager and Saturday’s latest instalment could see the Red’s achieve history if they avoid defeat in the capital.
The European champions travel to Selhurst Park hoping to stretch their unbeaten run to 30 matches – becoming only the fifth team in Premier League history to achieve the feat.
Klopp is establishing a Golden Age at Liverpool with the current aim being to bring home the Holy Grail of a first Premier League trophy since 1990. The unquantifiable standard the German has set in just over four years is nothing short of miraculous considering when he took over.
For Hodgson, the memories as Liverpool head coach will continue to tarnish the more success Klopp brings to Merseyside and with the Red’s current status as arguably the best team in world football, this looks increasingly likely to happen.