England midfielder Steven Gerrard believes Roy Hodgson took the Liverpool manager's job at the wrong time but has given the 64-year-old his full backing as national team boss.

Hodgson endured a difficult 191-day reign at Anfield which resulted in his departure in January 2011 after a run of poor results. The club was going through internal turmoil at the time, with Fenway Sports Group taking over from the dysfunctional regime of Tom Hicks and George Gillett in the October.

"Roy is a good manager. I've worked with him before but I think he took the Liverpool job at the wrong time," said the 31-year-old. "My opinion of him has not changed before he got the (Liverpool) job, while he had the job and after it."

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