Liverpool’s pre-Utd press conference goes ahead – with Hodgson

Roy Hodgson and Liverpool’s pre-Manchester Utd press conference will go ahead as planned at 1pm on Friday afternoon at Anfield, indicating that the manager has kept his job – for now.

Rumours were abound throughout the night last night and through today that Hodgson was in negotiations over his compensation package to walk away from the club following last night’s 3-1 defeat away to Blackburn.

It was Liverpool’s 9th league defeat since Hodgson took over at Anfield last summer, and the Reds find themselves down in 12th place, just four points off the relegation zone.

After the game, Hodgson refused to answer questions on his future from the media – interpreted by many that he knew his time on Merseyside had come to an end.

That was followed by several leaks of news that Thursday would be his last day in charge of the club by sources online, largely social media network Twitter.

When Sky Sports News showed footage mid-afternoon of Hodgson putting some big bags into his car boot at Melwood, many fans suggested he was taking Paul Konchesky and Christian Poulsen with him.

At 5pm this afternoon, BBC reporter Dan Roan tweeted that the club were yet to confirm Friday’s press conference ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup trip to Manchester Utd, indicating something was happening at Liverpool.

However, later this evening Roan tweeted again to explain there were “lots of talks today but am told no decision has been made.”

He then confirmed that Hodgson will hold his pre-match press conference “as planned” on Friday afternoon at 1pm.

Will the press conference be only to discuss the match? Or is there other big news on the cards. Join fans in our Liverpool FC forums, and follow us on Twitter @thisisanfield for what is going to be a very interesting 24 hours.