Hodgson to become Reds boss this week

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Liverpool will appoint Roy Hodgson as manager this week, according to various reports today.

The 62 year old Englishman is expected to be announced as the successor to Rafa Benitez on Thursday July 1st.

Liverpool are believed to have agreed a compensation deal with Fulham, and finalised terms with Hodgson himself.

Some reports this week suggested the final negotiations centred on the new manager’s transfer kitty.

Hodgson’s appointment won’t be greeted with widespread approval on Merseyside, with most fans preferring to have seen a return of Kenny Dalglish to management, and others simply dubious to how Benitez – who has since moved to the European champions – can be replaced by a manager who has no experience with a top English club.

Hodgson does have experience, plenty of it, most notably with Inter Milan on two short occasions, and with the Swiss national side who he took to the last 16 of the 1994 World Cup.

He guided Fulham to the Europa League Final last season and finished 12th in the League.

Many Liverpool fans though remember the negative tactics employed in the 0-0 draw at Anfield between the two sides in April and will be wondering why Hodgson has been the number one target to replace Benitez.

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