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 liverpoolfc.tv: "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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