Hodgson's stock is soaring again ahead of his return to Anfield today â€” 16 months after cynics said he was out of his depth managing the Kopâ€™s A-listers.
But Ridgewell scoffed: â€śThe idea the gaffer canâ€™t handle big players is just rubbish.
â€śWeâ€™ve got big players, weâ€™ve got Ben Foster, weâ€™ve got Peter Odemwingie and heâ€™s handled them fine.â€ť
Ridgewellâ€™s only concern about Hodgson is the FA may fancy appointing a manager with his experience.
He added: â€śIâ€™ve definitely joined the Harry Redknapp for England club!
â€śI certainly donâ€™t want the gaffer to be going anywhere. Iâ€™m sure heâ€™d want to do it. But while Iâ€™m here, hopefully not!â€ť