Houllier tips Hodgson for Anfield hotseat

Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier says he would be “delighted” for Roy Hodgson if he took over at Anfield.

Houllier, who left Liverpool in 2004 when Rafa Benitez was appointed, also says Liverpool remain a big club, with big players.

The Frenchman said “Roy has done very well with an average team at Fulham. I would be delighted if he could coach Liverpool in his career as he deserves it. He’s used to coaching stars. Don’t forget he was at Inter Milan as well.”

Meanwhile, Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer says he wouldn’t blame Hodgson if he took up the challenge at Liverpool. He said “The gaffer is at that stage of this career where he is thinking ‘will this sort of opportunity come around again?’

“I suppose in a lot of ways you can’t blame the guy if an opportunity like this came along.

“It is Liverpool you are talking about, a huge club, who normally compete in the Champions League every season.

“There are four or five such clubs in the country and there would be very few managers or players who would find it difficult to resist going to them.”

“We hope he doesn’t go, we hope he stays at Fulham. But I wouldn’t blame him at all if he decides to move.”

Hodgson has emerged as one of the main contenders to take up the vacant manager’s position at Anfield.