Why Does Hodgson Really Hate Liverpool So Much?
A divisive topic, yes, but recently it seems more and more evident that ol' barn owl features (aka England's finest, Roy Hodgson) has something against some players and clubs... Specifically Liverpool, Raheem Sterling, and manager Brendan Rodgers.
But before you begin to type a witty comment about how all Scousers are paranoid or victimised, just consider the reasons The Hodge may have it in for LFC. And this isn’t about me, as a Liverpool supporter, having my blinkers on: sure, Suarez was a complete lunatic, and yeah, we’ve our fair share of cringey melts in our fan base, but which clubs don’t?
Cast your mind back to the beginning of July 2010. That was when Hodgson's brief and embarrassing reign at Anfield began. Couple his woeful signings – a Joe Cole freebie, Paul Konchesky (and probably his mum on the sly) and Christian bloody Poulson – with an ultra-defensive and extremely unadventurous style of football, and the alarm bells should’ve deafened us.
31 matches in and the experienced, tactical maestro who’d managed around 419 different clubs was gone. But some turds just don't flush, do they?
Is Roy still bitter about not being given 'enough time'? Did he rate himself higher than a majority of fans did? It would seem, after recent public spats, he holds some sort of grudge.
Whether it's an assertion of power, I'm not sure, but the Croydon-born wrinkly is certainly showing himself up from the often positive, composed, well-mannered gaffer. Take his comments about his own captain, Wayne Rooney. Declaring him unfit to address a room because of his Scouse accent sends a message, even if he did apologise afterwards. What if he'd said he couldn’t understand the accent of an overseas player, so declared him unsuitable to voice a speech in public? Would we have been as forgiving? But it was just about Scousers, so it's fine, isn't it?
Rooney later came out and claimed no offence was taken, but you can rest assured it'll be a different story behind closed doors. Then came #LazySterling, when arguably England (and Liverpool's) brightest talent went to his manager in confidence to expressed how fatigued he felt, only for his comments to be shared to the world's media. Not only is Sterling still a young, vulnerable player, but this breech of trust will make him, as well as the rest of the team, weary in the future. And if you can't trust your manager, then things aren't going to run smoothly, as the massive cracks widen in a string of recent, dire England performances. Then came the very public dig at LFC and Brendan Rodgers, the man who, not long after Hodgson’s disastrous era, transformed the squad and club around. Again, Roy airing his dirty undies in public seems to be turning into a trend. Declaring LFC's fitness and training methods inconclusive (regarding Sterling and Sturridge) and, in so many words, saying it’s s*** has made the England boss appear even more petulant.
Frankly things are at the point where I'd gladly accept Gary Neville taking over national duties. Hodgson’s done a brilliant job of fuelling the club versus country debate and sending it into even uglier territory, so well done, Roy, you quim.
He’s made it personal. He's certainly made it public, which is never a good move. Can the players trust him? Should the fans have faith in him? Can he EVER do anything for England other than get through qualifiers only to stumble on the biggest stage? My opinion, to all of the above, is no.
But then again, what do I know? I’m just a Scouser.