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Saturday 27 December 2014

Alan Green: Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has lot of convincing to do

Roy Hodgson
Roy Hodgson
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson (left) and Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool. Picture date: Sunday November 7, 2010

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Liverpool Manager Roy Hodgson shouts instructions during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers at Anfield on October 24, 2010 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
NAPLES, ITALY - OCTOBER 21: Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson looks on ahead of the UEFA Europa League match between SSC Napoli and Liverpool played at Stadio San Paolo on October 21, 2010 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson and his backroom staff - and many disgruntled fans - watch in disbelief as Blackpool sweep to victory at Anfield. The result left them languishing in the bottom three

After watching a lot of dross this season, I’m delighted to report that I’ve recently watched some genuinely ‘uplifting’ games: Spurs beating the European champions, Bolton’s subsequent thrashing of Tottenham and then, on Sunday, Sunderland’s win at Stamford Bridge.

Its unexpectedness was exceeded only by how much it was merited. At the end, had I not immediately had to present 6-0-6, I would have stood up to applaud. The Wearside team was wonderful, superior to their opponents in virtually every position.

The crux was Steve Bruce’s brave decision to play with two strikers, Gyan and Wellbeck: none of the nonsense of being intimidated by where you’re playing or who you’re playing against. It was bold and brought due reward. And how healthy is it to see a league table that has Bolton fifth and Sunderland sixth?

What a contrast, too, to the sight of a feeble Liverpool being steamrollered by Stoke the previous evening, intimidated by everything that was happening around them. I remain unconvinced that Roy Hodgson is the right man for Anfield.

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