Roy Hodgson's nine signings at Liverpool - where are they now?

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Liverpool fans try to forget the Roy Hodgson era.

The former England boss took over at Anfield in July 2010 but, despite signing a three-year contract, was sacked in January less than six months later.

Whilst in charge, Hodgson won just seven of his 20 Premier League games with the Reds languishing in 12th at the time of his departure - four points clear of the relegation zone.

And he really didn’t help himself in the transfer market during the summer in which he took over.

Hodgson signed nine players, spending more than £20 million. And, to be honest, his purchases turned out to be pretty disastrous.

We’ve decided to take a look at all nine of them and discover what has happened to them since.

Raul Meireles | £11.5m

Liverpool signed Meireles from Porto and the Portuguese international proved to be a fairly decent signing, in truth.

He scored five goal in 33 Premier League appearances and, despite Liverpool finishing sixth, he won the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year at the end of the season.

However, just a couple of matches into the following season, he asked to be transfer listed and joined Chelsea for £12m. He spent a further campaign at Stamford Bridge before moving to Fenerbahce, where he played for four seasons.

After leaving the Turkish club in the summer, he’s currently without a club and has hinted at retirement.

Fabio Aurelio | Free

Well, this was a weird one.

Aurelio had left the club just a few months previously but was re-signed by Hodgson on a free transfer. However, the Brazilian struggled with injuries during his final two years at Liverpool and left for Gremio - before eventually retiring due to his constant injuries.

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Suso | Undisclosed

Hodgson deserves a bit of credit for this one.

He signed Suso as a 17-year-old, picking him up from Cadiz in Spain.

While the Spaniard didn’t play under Hodgson, he made 20 appearances in the 2012/13 season in Brendan Rodgers’ first season in charge.

Despite many Liverpool fans wanting to keep him, he was eventually sold to AC Milan in the summer of 2014, where he remains. This season, Suso has scored six goals in 27 Serie A matches and the 23-year-old is looking like a very promising player.

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Danny Wilson | £2m

Wilson was at Liverpool for three seasons and played just two Premier League matches - enjoying loan spells at Blackpool, Bristol City and Hearts in the meantime.

He then signed permanently for the latter, before moving on to Rangers, where he currently plays.

However, he’s only played nine league matches for the Scottish Premiership side this season.

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Brad Jones | £2.3m

Jones fitted in at Liverpool perfectly - in the sense that he was a goalkeeper prone to mistakes.

Jones spent four seasons at the club, and even become the club’s number one during the 2012/13 campaign after Pepe Reina continued to make some mistakes.

However, Jones didn’t last long between the sticks and was eventually let go in the summer of 2015.

He’s since had spells at Bradford and NEC in Netherlands and now plays for Feyenoord.


Christian Poulsen | £4.5m

Poulsen will be regarded as one of Liverpool’s worst ever signings.

Remarkably, the Dane played two seasons at Juventus before heading to Anfield but looked out of his depth in England.

He left one year later for French club, Evian.

He signed for Ajax shortly afterward before finishing his career in his native country with Copenhagen,

Ninety-two caps for Denmark suggest that maybe he did have some ability - but just didn’t show it at Liverpool.

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Paul Konchesky | £3.5m

Oh dear.

Konchesky played just 15 times in the Premier League for Liverpool before they offloaded him to Nottingham Forest on loan, and then sold him one year later.

The left-back now plays for Billericay Town in the Isthmian League Premier Division.

Joe Cole | Free

To be fair, when Liverpool signed Cole on a free transfer, a lot of people thought it was a good piece of business.

He was sent off against Arsenal on his debut and then missed a penalty in his next home match in the Europa League.

It didn’t get much better for Cole, scoring three goals in 32 appearances whilst picking up £90,000-per-week in wages. He spent the following season on loan at Lille before returning to Anfield.

But, a couple of matches into the 2012/13 season he was allowed to join West Ham on a free, while Liverpool helped pay some of his wages.

After his time at West Ham, he played for Aston Villa, Coventry City and now finds himself in the United States with Tampa Bay Rowdies.

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Milan Jovanovic | Free

Another player that lasted just one season.

The winger scored twice in 18 matches in all competitions before being allowed to join Anderlecht before he retired at the end of the 2012/13 season.

In fairness, it’s believed that it was Rafa Benitez that had agreed to sign him and, despite the Spanish boss leaving and being replaced by Hodgson, Jovanovic still agreed to sign.

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