Zoltan Gera admits he is relieved to be free of Roy Hodgson’s shackles.

Hodgson – who led the Cottagers to the Europa League final last season – vacated the Fulham ­dugout in the summer to take over at Liverpool.

But the new Anfield boss has ­endured an uncomfortable start to life on Merseyside.

Liverpool lie 16th in the Premier League and Hodgson has already been criticised for his rigid and cautious style of play, ­particularly away from home. In contrast, new Fulham manager Mark Hughes has introduced a more attacking approach at Craven Cottage.

And Gera admits his side are a more attractive proposition ­under the man nicknamed Sparky.

He said “I think we play a bit more open football than last year – it’s good to play in a team like that.

“There are a lot of one-against-one situations during games and the players can do the right things in these situations.

“Players have more freedom to go forward and do what they can for the team, which is good.”

Hughes, who has yet to taste a Premier League defeat as Fulham boss, knows he needs to improve the club’s away form.

Under Hodgson, the London club picked up just one away league win all last season.

Gera added: “We play West Ham this weekend and it’s important to start well against them and frustrate the home crowd.”