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Liverpool fans key to Hodgson exit

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Former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson believes the "unprecedented" way the club's fans had turned on manager Roy Hodgson was instrumental in his departure.

Liverpool announced that Hodgson had left the club by "mutual consent" with the Reds 12th in the Barclays Premier League, just four points above the relegation zone. Hodgson was recently forced to apologise to the club's fans for saying he "had never had the famous Anfield support" since taking over, comments he made after the embarrassing home defeat to Wolves.

"Six months is not long enough, not just for Liverpool but for all managers," Thompson said. "Everybody should have a chance."

He added: "What we've seen at Liverpool in the last month has been unprecedented, unparalleled in the way the fans have turned. Even in the dark days of Graeme Souness' reign, there were no universal chants for Graeme to go."

Another former Liverpool defender, four-time European Cup winner Phil Neal, hopes Kenny Dalglish can restore some unity at Anfield after being put in charge of the team until the end of the season.

"With the fixtures coming thick and fast we've got to be a unit and Kenny would be the first man to stand in and maybe create a bit of the old type of togetherness along with the fans," Neal told Sky Sports News. "It's the right stop-gap thing. He's a quality person, knows all about togetherness...the body language of some of our players was concerning to all the Liverpool ex-players because they didn't look like they enjoyed playing with each other.

"That's concerning because other clubs have gone down the leagues because they've sacked their manager and can't find a better one. I hope that's not the case with Liverpool."

Ray Houghton, one of the best signings of Dalglish's first spell in charge, believes the Scot will relish the challenge of returning to the Anfield hotseat.

Dalglish, who oversaw three league title wins at Liverpool, quit as Reds boss with a heavy heart 20 years ago and later admitted he would have returned if offered the chance.

Houghton, who made 202 appearances for Liverpool from 1987-92, told talkSPORT: "Kenny is an iconic figure at Liverpool, both as a player and a manager. He has got unfinished business, no doubt about it. If you sat down with Kenny I am sure he would tell you he would love to take the job on on a permanent deal, and be there for the long term."

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