Steven Gerrard has opened up about life under Roy Hodgson as part of his punditry duties on BT Sport, and noted that things were not good at the Merseyside club when the now Crystal Palace manager was in charge.
He noted the fans were never behind Hodgson, who only managed to get 13 wins from the 31 games he managed at Liverpool – and Gerrard noted that the tension and the crowd made it very hard for Hodgson and that had a big impact on the players – in the most negative way possible.
“What I remember is Kenny taking over from Roy here,” he said on BT Sport.
“Roy’s final days and weeks here were very tough for him personally, but you could feel it as a player – the tension in the ground and they were singing Kenny’s name every five, ten minutes.
“I think before Roy was even announced as manager, the majority of Liverpool fans wanted Kenny in anyway.
“The final days under Roy were tough, but when Kenny came in the place changed in the ground and in the club, and the players got a lift from it.
“It was uncomfortable playing in the atmosphere under Roy.
“It was tense, and you could feel the players going into a shell, but when Kenny came in you got that lift of a new manager impact.”
Liverpool are now of course under Jurgen Klopp, and the Reds boss has built a side who are not only stunning going forward, but who are getting better at the back, and it could well be the case they are the best of the rest this season, and finish behind Manchester City in second.
Liverpool are currently in second place in the Premier League, with Manchester United still to play on Monday night – ironically against Hodgson’s Crystal Palace side, and if he can do Liverpool a favour, they would certainly be favourites to pip United to second place given they’re the form side of the moment.