Kenny Dalglish says he is confident former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson will get a warm welcome when he returns to Anfield for the first time since being sacked by the club in January last year.

 

During his brief five month spell in charge, Hodgson oversaw the Reds worst start to a season for 57 years before he was relieved of his duties.

 

Dalglish temporarily stepped into the hot seat following Hodgson’s departure while the former Fulham boss took over at West Brom, guiding the Baggies clear of the relegation zone last season.

 

The Scot believes that despite his unsuccessful time at Anfield, Hodgson will be shown respect when he leads out West Brom on Sunday.

 

"It will be good to see Roy. To see him back at Anfield - obviously we've played them down there already - will be good and I'm sure he'll get a warm reception from the supporters,” he told Liverpool’s official website.

 

"He's a man with real integrity and dignity and he tried his best for this football club. I'm sure the supporters will respect that.

 

"As a person I respect him tremendously so he'll get a warm welcome from us.

 

"He's done very well (at West Brom). He's a good coach and manager. He's got a lot of experience behind him. Last year at West Brom he kept them up, this year they've easily stayed up," he added.

 

Liverpool secured their second cup final of the season with victory over Everton in the semi-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday, setting up a showdown with Chelsea on May 5 at Wembley.

 

However some Liverpool supporters may find their trip to London more difficult that they initially thought after train operators Virgin revelaled there journey would be severely disrupted by planned engineering works.

 

“They're fantastic fans, they'll get there anyway!” Dalglish said when asked about the problems fans face.

 

"Sometimes it's a problem when fans are taken for granted - not just our fans, but any football club."

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