Roy Hodgson's XI for his last game as Liverpool manager vs Blackburn Rovers

  • Kat Lucas

Roy Hodgson has been able to restore some of his fluctuating reputation since joining Crystal Palace last season.

The 71-year-old has taken 21 jobs over the years, but his stock took a major hit when England crashed out of the 2016 European Championships to Iceland.

Prior to that, he had been putting his career back on track with West Brom following a disastrous spell at Liverpool.

Admittedly, Hodgson took over at a difficult time when the club was up for sale and he had nowhere near the kind of spending power that Jurgen Klopp enjoys these days.

In the final months of his reign, however, he had admitted the Reds could have been relegation candidates if they had not arrested their slump.

A League Cup defeat to League Two Northampton Town was another low point.

Liverpool finally sacked Hodgson in January 2011 and brought in club icon Kenny Dalglish in his place.

His final game was a 3-1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers, which begs the question of exactly what state he left them in.

Without further ado, here was the last XI Hodgson picked as Liverpool manager:

Pepe Reina

Glen Johnson

Paul Konchesky

Sotirios Kyrgiakos

Martin Skrtel

Steven Gerrard

Lucas Leiva

Joe Cole

David N’Gog

Maxi Rodriguez

Fernando Torres

Gerrard missed a penalty but perhaps it’s little surprise Blackburn triumphed taking a look at that defence.

On Monday night, it’s a very different Liverpool outfit that will be travelling to Selhurst Park to face Hodgson’s Eagles.

Judging by a 4-0 victory over West Ham on the opening weekend of the season, Klopp’s men look in fine shape, even if they will forever be haunted by memories of what happened in that famous 3-3 draw in south London under Brendan Rodgers in 2014.

As for Palace, they also got their campaign off to the perfect start with a 2-0 win over Fulham last time out.

It’s certainly going to be an interesting 90 minutes for Hodgson, but it’s fair to say he won’t be seeing too many familiar faces.

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