Roy Hodgson once sold the wrong Liverpool player by mistake


Liverpool have come a very long way since the infamous Roy Hodgson era.

Hodgson lasted 20 games at Anfield before he was sacked having registered just five wins.

He left the club just four points above the relegation zone during his terrible six-month reign.

Hodgson certainly didn’t endear himself to Liverpool fans by failing to grasp the enormity of the club he was managing.

“They’ll be a formidable challenge,” he said of League Two Northampton ahead of their League Cup clash.

They were a formidable challenge to be fair as Liverpool lost on penalties.


“That was as good as we have played all season, and I have no qualms with the performance whatsoever,” he said after a woeful Merseyside derby loss.

He then admitted his side were in a relegation battle after a disastrous start to the campaign.

“There are 31 games left but when you are in the relegation zone you are in a relegation battle,” he admitted.


But there was one moment during Hodgson’s reign that many Liverpool fans may not have heard about. And it’s perhaps even more embarrassing that all of the above.

That’s because he accidentally sold the wrong player when he first arrived.

Let us explain:

After arriving in the summer of 2010, Hodgson raided his former club, Fulham, for Paul Konchesky. The less said about that £3.5 million signing the better…

As part of the deal, Lauri Dalla Vale and Alexander Kacaniklic went to Craven Cottage.


However, according to Kacaniklic, Hodgson wanted to sell a different Alex and not him!

“It was a bit difficult for Liverpool to replace me, but 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 chosen the wrong Alex,” said Kacaniklic to fotbolskananelen in a podcast, per the Liverpool Echo.

In his head, he thought he had sold another Alex for Konchesky. But then it was too late. It’s a little fun!

“Then he just told me I was welcome back in Liverpool with open arms, but that I could do what I felt. By then I had already made my mind up and was very excited about coming to Fulham.”


It summed up Hodgson’s six-month reign.

It would have been even worse if Kacaniklic had gone on to have an incredible career.

The Swede managed 100 appearances for Fulham in the Premier League and the Championship as well as loan spells at Watford and Burnley.

He then moved to Nantes on a free in 2016 before returning to his native country, Hammarby, in February 2019 where he remains.


He has represented his country 21 times but probably wasn’t ever good enough to make the grade at Liverpool.

He won’t thank Hodgson for accidentally selling him though…

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