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What happened to the Liverpool player Roy Hodgson sold by accident?

Joe Adams

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What happened to the Liverpool player Roy Hodgson sold by accident?

Roy Hodgson once sold the wrong player by mistake during his time as Liverpool manager, but what happened to the 'wrong Alex'?

Hodgson, 75, has enjoyed a long, respectable career in football management, helping guide Crystal Palace to an 11th place finish in the Premier League last season.

However, the former England boss won't look back fondly on his time at Anfield, where he left by mutual consent after just 20 games, leaving the Merseyside club four points off the relegation zone.

But of all the calls Hodgson got wrong, the one that sticks in the memory was when he got rid of the wrong player. No, seriously.

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Rewind to the summer of 2010 when Hodgson drafted in Paul Konchesky from his former club Fulham for a reported £3.5 million. The deal also saw Liverpool youngsters Lauri Dalla Vale and Alexander Kacaniklic head in the opposite direction.

However, it later transpired, courtesy of Kacaniklic, that Hodgson had actually offloaded the wrong 'Alex' and by the time he realised, it was too late to halt the move.

"It was a bit difficult for Liverpool to replace me," Kaclanic said, as per the Liverpool Echo.

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"In his head, he thought he had changed another Alex for Konchesky. But then it was too late. It's a little funny.

"Then he just told me I was welcome back in Liverpool with open arms, but that I should do what I felt. Then I had already changed my mind and was very excited about coming to Fulham."

Fortunately for Hodgson, Kacaniklic didn't go on to become a superstar. The Swede managed 100 appearances for Fulham in the Premier League and the Championship, scoring 11 goals during that time.

He also endured fairly unsuccessful loan spells in with Watford and Burnley before moving to Nantes on a free in 2016. However, he failed to score across thee seasons at the French club.

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The winger now plies his trade at Cypriot side, AEL Limassol and has earned a respectable 21 caps for his country, scoring three goals.

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: Roy Hodgson, Liverpool, Football

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