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Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson defiant after being made favourite for chop

Roy Hodgson

Defiant Roy Hodgson has insisted he won’t live up to the bookies’ predictions and be the next Premier League manager sacked.

And the under-pressure Liverpool boss claims that no-one else could do a better job in his position.

Hodgson is under scrutiny with the Anfield outfit ninth in the Premier League — nine points adrift of Chelsea in fourth, where Liverpool want to be.

Chris Hughton and Sam Allardyce have lost their jobs at Newcastle and Blackburn respectively in the last 10 days — and Hodgson is now a firm favourite to follow them into unemployment.

“As someone who prides himself as a professional and who knows his job, then excuse me for not going down the route of: ‘who can we get rid of next?' because, unless there is a major influx of cash into the club, whoever takes my place will be doing a similar job with similar players,” said Hodgson ahead of tonight’s Europa League clash with Dutch side Utrecht.

He added: “I did not join Liverpool to be mid-table. I believed we could be top four and break into the Champions League.”

Belfast Telegraph