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John Aldridge’s Liverpool Echo column is full of praise for Roy Hodgson – suggesting he has to be in the frame to claim the Manager of the Year award.

FULHAM will arrive at Anfield on Sunday on a high after their great win away to Wolfsburg.

I’ve got a lot of respect for Danny Murphy and also for Roy Hodgson. As far as I’m concerned Hodgson is a contender for manager of the year.

When he took over they were struggling to stay up but now they’re a solid Premier League club and in the semi-finals of the Europa League.

He’s done a marvellous job and is one of the old guard who doesn’t say a lot but when he does talk he makes sense.

I hope we beat them tomorrow but I’d love to see us meet Fulham again in the Europa League final in Hamburg on May 12.