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Hodgson has swipe at Rijkaard over Liverpool link

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has dismissed claims Frank Rijkaard could replace him at Anfield.

Rijkaard, the Dutchman who guided Barcelona to two La Liga titles and the Champions League, is being linked to Liverpool following his sacking by Galatasaray this week.

But Hodgson is not prepared to walk away from the Reds without a fight, saying: "I had two-and-a-half years of this kind of thing when I was at Inter when, every day, there would be stuff in the newspapers that someone was going to get my job.

"If I took two and a half years of that in Milan I can take two and a half years of it here.

"It ended up with my being offered a new contract by Inter when I left for Blackburn.

"The doom and gloom that surrounds us is not coming from within the club, not from me and not from the players - it's coming from people outside who are having a field day and delighting in the fact we are having a bad time.

"Rijkaard has just been sacked from Galatasaray - he must be a great manager to have been sacked by Galatasaray! What you are talking about is Frank Rijkaard's agent putting his name around. It is all speculation."

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