West Brom boss Hodgson backing Liverpool for Euro glory

West Bromwich Albion boss Roy Hodgson believes Liverpool can win the Europa League this season.

West Bromwich Albion boss Roy Hodgson believes Liverpool can win the Europa League this season.

Hodgson insists Kenny Dalglish can revive the fallen giants and deliver their first silverware since Rafa Benitez’s FA Cup triumph in 2006.

"I can see Liverpool going all the way in Europe - and I sincerely hope they do," he said. “Their senior players will now be fit and they will put what they think is their strongest team for the quarter-finals.

“I think the team did extremely well in the Europa League when I was there. Those 10 matches we had were very tough, against very good opposition - arguably one or two of the teams were stronger than those you meet in the last 32.

“We got to that stage without using the bulk of our senior players. Steven Gerrard played a game and a half and Fernando Torres played just one.

“I don’t think Raul Meireles or Glen Johnson played at all, so it was guys like Martin Kelly, Jonjo Shelvey and Jay Spearing that got us through.

“I had no problem with the players, they did a decent job but we weren’t particularly lucky. I enjoyed my time working with them and I’m pleased to see the misfortune I suffered from has been turned around and they’re getting the results.

“Even in our misfortune I still had no doubts that they’d finish at worst seventh or eighth or even higher in the Premier League - that prediction I made for myself is coming true.”

 
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