ROY HODGSON has emerged as the shock front-runner to succeed Rafa Benitez at Liverpool this summer.
The Fulham chief is a wanted man after leading the Londoners to the Europa League final.
Although Benitez’s future will not be resolved until the end of the season, Hodgson has emerged as a potential replacement at Anfield.
Hodgson, 62, has told friends he has one big job left in him after his remarkable work with Fulham and is now one of the names being considered by Liverpool.
The Kop have already explored other options, including Martin O’Neill – who is sure to be on the short-list – and Jose Mourinho.
Instead, Hodgson has told close friends he is interested in transforming Liverpool’s fortunes, though there has been no official approach.
Liverpool will not make their move for a new manager until the end of the season and will not be panicked into an appointment.
Hodgson’s work at Fulham over the past two seasons is much admired at Anfield and he has become a credible solution to their ongoing problems.
The Fulham chief has an excellent managerial record, with the exception of his second season in charge at Blackburn.
At 62, he believes there is another big challenge left in his career and is prepared to listen offers from another club.
If Benitez is to join Juventus in the Summer, then Hodgson will be seen by many as a good man for the job at Anfield