What Fernando Torres said about Roy Hodgson's 'nightmare' 6 months at Liverpool

He’ll have nothing to do with Sunday’s fixture, but whenever Fulham face Liverpool it isn’t long before the name Roy Hodgson is mentioned.

That’s because before Crystal Palace and before England, the now oldest manager in Premier League history swapped south west London for Merseyside in the summer of 2010.

And it didn’t go well.

Hodgson’s time in charge of the Reds was catastrophic by Liverpool’s standards, with the club spending the whole of October 2010 in the relegation zone and suffering embarrassing results against the likes of Blackpool, Stoke, Newcastle , Wolves , Blackburn, Northampton Town and, crucially for the Liverpool fans, Everton under the manager’s stewardship.

Hodgson’s reign at Liverpool was a disastrous one
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Hodgson was eventually sacked in January 2011, but judging by an article in Fulham’s matchday programme for their clash with Chelsea earlier this month, he was given too rough a ride by Reds fans.

Make of that what you will, but comments from then Liverpool forward Fernando Torres in Simon Hughes’ 2016 book ‘Ring of Fire’ – a chapter of which is published here at The Anfield Wrap – at least suggest that the bad form wasn’t all the manager’s fault.

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Liverpool were of course mired in ownership chaos at the time, with the tumultuous reign of Tom Hicks and George Gillett coming to a close.

Torres had become concerned that the club were losing too many of their best players, and the Spaniard cites the owners as more of a problem for the ‘nightmare’ that was befalling the club, more so than Hodgson.

“It was a pity because Hodgson was a great coach and a great guy,” Torres says in the book.

The Spaniard joined Chelsea in January 2011
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“They didn’t let him work. They brought in all these Australian people [a new medical team] who controlled everything: who could play, who could not. He wasn’t able to use the players the way he wanted.

“From that pre-season to the January when I left, it was a nightmare. Not just for me but for everybody, for Hodgson too.

“He was not allowed to work properly — the situation was more difficult for him than it was for anyone else. Everything was a mess. We were not good enough. In the middle of that, they finally sold the club.”

Hodgson was eventually sacked in January 2011, with Torres joining Chelsea for £50m just a few weeks later.