Roy Hodgson tried to regain Fernando Torres' confidence at Liverpool in training

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Liverpool fans won’t remember Roy Hodgson’s spell at Anfield with much appreciation.

The former England boss replaced Rafa Benitez in July 2010. By January 2011, he was unemployed.

An embarrassing loss to League Two outfit Northampton Town in the League Cup was compounded by a miserable run of form in the Premier League. Third from bottom in October, Hodgson concluded that his side were potentially facing a relegation battle.


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The 68-year-old wouldn’t be around to see it through, however. He left the club by mutual consent in January.

The arrival of Jurgen Klopp last year has seen Liverpool fans dreaming of an era of success; whereas supporters won’t have many positive things to say about Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers, they are ready to compare Klopp to God.

Agger slams Hodgson's sessions

And so Daniel Agger’s decision to bring up Hodgson’s spell on Merseyside in an interview with Danish paper Jyllands-Posten will attract plenty of interest.

Especially the part where he it’s referred that Hodgson would deliberately attempt to regain Fernando Torres’ confidence by making training sessions a little easier for the Spaniard.

Agger didn’t hide his dismissive view towards Hodgson’s repetitive exercises.

“I completely lost my desire to come to work because his training sessions were really hard to get through,” the 31-year-old said, per The Guardian. “Not physically but mentally. It was the same and the same and the same. Day in and day out.

“Often we had eight forwards playing against me and Martin Skrtel [apparently to let Fernando Torres score to regain his confidence]. Skrtel and I had a really hard training session as we were defending against eight with two but the eight players attacking were just faffing around. They had hardly run a kilometre and it was so uninspiring.”

Goal drought

It’s interesting that Hodgson felt he had to accommodate for Torres given that he was coming off a season in which he scored 22 goals in all competitions.

But his goal drought in the first half of the 2010-11 season, which stretched to nearly two months between late August and late October, must have been concerning, hence the reason Hodgson gave the striker a huge advantage in attack vs defence sessions.

That said, eight vs two probably felt a little patronising for Torres.

The forward left Liverpool in the same month Hodgson did, departing for Chelsea in a £50 million deal. We all know how that move turned out.

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