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Liverpool boss Hodgson: Commercially Premier League does not need busy festive programme

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson believes the Premier League could survive commercially without their traditionally busy festive schedule.

Hodgson admits he'd like to see a winter break introduced.

He explained to "I've been brought up with it, so I can't help but be a fan of it in some ways. It's part of a football tradition but I think the sport has changed so much in terms of commercial value, that the days when teams needed a Boxing Day fixture to fill their stadium and get a big crowd in are gone.

"People come to Liverpool in droves to watch matches that aren't too significant. Look at the Liverpool v Utrecht game the other week, 40,000 people turned up for a game where it didn't matter what the score was, so I don't think the festive fixtures are needed in that respect anymore."

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