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Liverpool to sack Roy Hodgson

By John Kerr

Roy Hodgson is expected to be sacked as Liverpool manager next week — even if the Merseysiders get a shock result at Old Trafford tomorrow.

The decision to replace Hodgson has already been taken, and it’s now only a matter of when the axe will fall on the 63-year-old former Fulham boss.

Yesterday’s press conference — when Hodgson was meant to talk about the FA Cup third-round tie with Manchester United — was cancelled and it’s believed Liverpool’s American owners, Fenway Sports Group, will meet with Hodgson after tomorrow’s game to deliver the bad news.

It is understood that Hodgson, who has been in charge of Liverpool for just over six months, will be replaced once FSG have identified an interim appointment.

Kenny Dalglish — the fans' choice to steady the sinking ship at Anfield — is expected to take that role, but will not be offered the job on a full-time basis.

Hodgson has presided over the club's worst start since the 1953-54 season — and defeat against Blackburn on Wednesday night was Liverpool's ninth loss in the Premier League this season, leaving the side languishing 12th in the table and just four points above the relegation zone.

Liverpool have drawn up a shortlist of managers to replace Hodgson which includes former Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard and the little known ex-Hoffenheim chief Ralf Rangnick.

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