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Alex Kacaniklic claims former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson accidentally sold him to Fulham

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Roy Hodgson had a rather forgettable spell as Liverpool manager. 

He was in charge at Anfield for just six months between July 2010 and January 2011. 

During that time, the Reds played 31 games and won just 13 times, while drawing nine and also losing nine.

Low points included a home League Cup defeat to League Two Northampton Town and another loss to newly promoted Blackpool in the Premier League shortly after.

After seven league games, Liverpool found themselves third from bottom in the league and Hodgson admitted during that time that the club potentially faced a relegation battle. 

Of course, things did improve and the team returned to the top half of the table by Christmas, but that didn't stop Hodgson's sacking a few weeks later.

So, to suggest his time on Merseyside was 'forgettable' is an understatement - in truth, it was a horror show.

It's not just on the pitch that Liverpool struggled either. 

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This week, almost eight and a half years later, former reserve player Alex Kacaniklic revealed that Hodgson made a huge mistake in the transfer market too.

That's because the Swedish midfielder, who now plays for Hammarby IF, claims he was mistakenly sold by Liverpool and his manager in 2010.   

He was used as part of a swap deal that saw Fulham left-back Paul Konchesky arrive at Anfield, while Kacaniklic and fellow reserve Lauri Dalla Valle moved to Craven Cottage. 

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But, it turns out that Kacaniklic was never supposed to move away and Hodgson thought he sanctioned the transfer of a different 'Alex'. 

"When I was in Fulham and before I signed up, I had a conversation with Roy Hodgson on the phone, where we found out that he had changed the wrong Alex," the former Liverpool player told sports podcast Lundh, per the Mirror.

"In his head, he thought he changed another Alex for Konchesky. But then it was too late. It's a little funny." 

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Wow, that's a huge gaff and according to Kacaniklic, he would have been welcomed back at Anfield but instead chose to honour his commitment to Fulham.

"Then he just told me I was welcome back in Liverpool with open arms, but that I should do what I felt. I did not [go back].

"Then I had already changed my mind and was very excited about coming to Fulham."

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How bizarre. Thanks to Hodgson's error, we'll never know what could have been for Kacaniklic at Liverpool. 

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