World Cup winner George Cohen fears his old club Fulham may lose manager Roy Hodgson if Liverpool decide to part company with Rafael Benitez.

Reds boss Benitez is under intense scrutiny following just one win in their last nine games in all competitions.

The Anfield club are out of the Carling Cup and are on the brink of elimination from the Champions League, as well as being 11 points off the pace set by Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.

Fulham, meanwhile, continue to punch above their weight in the top flight after qualifying for the Europa League last season. Last Sunday, Hodgson said he was ‘not averse to the idea’ of a new contract, but former Craven Cottage favourite Cohen, right-back in England’s 1966 World Cup triumph, fears it may not be long before a bigger club tries to tempt him.

Cohen told the Metro:

“Roy has done a very commendable job since he has come in and it is only natural clubs with bigger resources keep an eye on him. If he is attracting attention, it means Fulham are doing well and that is the priority. Fulham mustn’t fear losing Hodgson – that’s the way of football – but they must strive to keep him for as long as possible because his management style is working and showing dividends on the pitch. Make no mistake, Fulham have decent players and grow with every match.”