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Ex-Liverpool captain Gerrard: Hodgson struggled in Dalglish shadow

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has spoken of Roy Hodgson's "difficult" time in charge.

Crystal Palace boss Hodgson succeeded Rafael Benitez in the Anfield hotseat in July 2010 but was sacked just six months into a largely forgettable tenure, winning only 13 of his 31 matches in charge.

What I remember is Kenny (Dalglish) taking over from Roy here," Gerrard said on BT Sport.

“Roy's final days and weeks here were very tough for him personally, but you could feel it as a player - the tension in the ground and they were singing Kenny's name every five, ten minutes.

“I think before Roy was even announced as manager, the majority of Liverpool fans wanted Kenny in anyway.

“The final days under Roy were tough, but when Kenny came in the place changed in the ground and in the club, and the players got a lift from that.

“It was uncomfortable playing in the atmosphere under Roy.

“It was tense, and you could feel the players going into a shell, but when Kenny came in you got that lift of a new manager impact."

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