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Jamie Carragher Denies Gerrard Deliberately Missed Penalty To Get Roy Hodgson Sacked

Jamie Carragher Denies Gerrard Deliberately Missed Penalty To Get Roy Hodgson Sacked
By Michael Bolton Updated
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Jamie Carragher has strongly denied accusations that Steven Gerrard missed a penalty on purpose to get Roy Hodgson sacked.

In January 2011, Roy Hodgson was under huge pressure as Liverpool manager, when they traveled to Blackburn in a game that would ultimately seal his faith.

After another disastrous performance, Liverpool found themselves 3-0 down, before Steven Gerrard pulled a goal back.

Liverpool seemed to be handed a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty in the final minutes of the game. However, Steven Gerrard, who was known for being so dependable from the spot, blasted it miles over.

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This led fans to believe in a conspiracy theory that Gerrard missed the penalty on purpose to get Roy Hodgson sacked.

In the days after the result, he was sacked as manager, with Kenny Dalglish talking over.

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It brought and end to a difficult six months in charge of Liverpool, as they were just four points clear of the relegation zone.

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Looking back at the incident 11 years later, Jamie Carragher was speaking on the The Diary Of A Ceo Podcast, Jamie Carragher explained what went wrong for Hodgson at Liverpool.

 That is not true. 'No (it was) nothing like that. I felt sorry for him.

Roy had a tough time at the club. He just wasn't the right manager for the club and they moved him on for about six months. He just didn't get the club, he didn't say the right things in the press. He was too defensive for Liverpool. Not just for Liverpool but any top club.

He had success in his career playing that way and he wasn't going to change that when he was in his sixties - it was just the wrong appointment."

After being dismissed by Liverpool, Hodgson went on to manage West Brom, England, Crystal Palace and Watford.

Liverpool would go on to finish in sixth place that season, after a good run of form in the second half of the season.

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