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I was unlucky as Liverpool manager, says Roy Hodgson

Former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson
Hodgson's 31 games was the shortest ever Liverpool mangerial reign

West Brom manager Roy Hodgson has told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek he was unlucky in his time at Liverpool.

Hodgson took over at Anfield in July 2010 but left in January 2011 after seven wins in 20 Premier League games.

"I had no problem with the players, they did a decent job but we weren't particularly lucky," he said.

"I enjoyed my time working with them and I'm pleased to see the misfortune I suffered from has been turned around and they're getting the results."

Hodgson was named as Rafael Benitez's successor as Liverpool manager last summer after impressing with Fulham, but uncertainty over the club's ownership limited his activity in the summer transfer market and contributed to a general air of instability at the club.

A particular low was suffering a humiliating home Carling Cup defeat by League Two Northampton.

And just before he left, Liverpool reached the turn of the year with their lowest points total at that stage of the season since the 1953-54 campaign, which ended in relegation.

They also suffered their first home loss to Wolves in 27 years on 29 December and Hodgson's standing took a further battering when he called on fans to "become supporters because we need support," a remark for which he later apologised.

Hodgson's 31-game reign as manager was the shortest in Liverpool history, but he said did not regret his time at Anfield.

He was happy to see that under his successor Kenny Dalglish the team was producing the improved form of which he always thought them capable.

"Even in our misfortune I still had no doubts that they'd finish at worst seventh or eighth or even higher - that prediction I made for myself is coming true."

Veteran Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher agreed that Hodgson had been unfortunate in his time at the club, and that the players had to take their share of the blame for his things had worked out for the former Inter Milan coach.

"When he came in there was the ownership change which was about to happen and we had lots of Spanish players and staff who were there under the last manager," he said.

"It was not an easy job for anyone. Unfortunately, with what happened the players have to take their share of the blame for results not being good enough. But it's changed now, we've moved on."

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