Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Hodgson not envious of City

Roy Hodgson

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson claims he is in no position to feel envious of Manchester City.

City have taken big spending to a new level this summer with their recent captures of Mario Balotelli and James Milner pushing their expenditure in the current transfer window past £120million. Hodgson has been charged with the task of reviving Liverpool and, however modest the current resources at Anfield in comparison to City, that represents a new career peak.

"I am never jealous," said Hodgson, who boasts a wealth of experience from a coaching career that has taken him around Europe.

"I am in a position where I want to be and I am working for a club I have always wanted to work for. I think it is for other people to be jealous of me. It would be very sad if someone who has been as fortunate as I have in my career starts getting jealous of other people.

"I knew what I was coming to when I came to Liverpool and I have been very pleasantly surprised by everything, especially the reception I got from the players and fans and the way the players have responded to the work we have tried to do."

Liverpool take on City in their second Premier League game of the season at Eastlands on Monday.

The game has been billed as a clash of the old stagers versus the new pretenders but Hodgson sees no reason why Liverpool should not aspire to the same heights as Roberto Mancini's City this season.

The former Inter Milan and Fulham boss said: "We both have high ambitions. I'll be disappointed if we have a bad season, he will be (if they do) too.

"Expectations are high whatever you do - if you spend no money there are high expectations, but when you spend a lot of money the expectations are a little bit greater.

"He [Mancini] is used to that - like myself he has worked at Inter. When you work there you are used to high expectations."

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