Hodgson excited by Anfield debut

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson says he is waiting in great anticipation for his first match as Reds boss at Anfield tonight in front of The Kop.

Liverpool face Macedonians FK Rabotnicki in the second leg of their Europa League third qualifying round.

The Reds take a 2-0 lead back to Merseyside after a brace of goals from David N’gog gave Hodgson victory in his first competitive match in the Liverpool hot seat last Thursday.

“I am looking forward to tonight and it would be foolhardy to say anything other than your first game at Anfield as manager will be a special occasion,” he said. “It will be equally as special, if not more so for the first Premier League game because, with respect to Rabotnicki, it is not quite the same as Liverpool versus Arsenal.

“I am lucky in that I will have a mini debut followed by a full debut and I am looking forward to it. But I don’t think there is any danger of complacency; I’m a new manager so the players have to impress on my how good they are. It would surprise me if you got any complacent performances at Anfield.

“We need to be more fearful of anxiety rather than complacency and although anxiety won’t be the case tonight in the future anxiety would worry me more than complacency.”

There may be an added sense of buzz around Anfield tonight, with speculation mounting over the sale of the club to new investors.

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