Three years ago today - Hodgson leaves Liverpool, Kenny steps in

Roy Hodgson

On January 8th 2009, Roy Hodgson left Liverpool in what proved to be one of modern football's rare examples of a win-win situation.

In three years, the fortunes of a Premier League club can change completely.

Take Liverpool, for instance, who were 12th in the table on this day in 2009 and parted company with manager Roy Hodgson.

"I have found the last few months some of the most challenging of my career," Hodgson said after his departure.

"I am very sad not to have been able to put my stamp on the squad, to be given the time to bring new players into the club in this transfer window and to have been able to be part of the rebuilding process at Liverpool."

The former Reds boss had won just seven of his 20 games at Anfield and was replaced by Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish.

That move got the ball rolling in terms of change and, now, Liverpool are fourth in the Premier League under Brendan Rodgers, seemingly a completely different team.

But credit, too, must go to Hodgson himself, who has since been named England manager, leading the Three Lions to next summer's World Cup finals.

Both the 66-year-old and Liverpool underwent further change since 2009, with the current England boss previously taking over West Brom, while Dalglish, of course, was replaced by Rodgers.

The decision for the Reds to part company with Hodgson, then (reportedly a mutual one), acts as one of the very few examples of a win-win situation in modern football.

Where will Hodgson and Liverpool be three years from now?

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