Roy Hodgson insists revenge will not be on his mind when West Brom entertain his former club Liverpool
Former Liverpool focused on three points for West Brom
Roy Hodgson insists revenge will not be on his mind when West Bromwich Albion entertain his former club Liverpool on Saturday.
The experienced manager endured an ill-fated six months in charge at Liverpool during the first half of the season before being replaced by Kop legend Kenny Dalglish in January.
Hodgson struggled to win over the Anfield faithful during his time at the helm and at one stage Liverpool were in the relegation zone.
Ahead of the Reds' visit to The Hawthorns this weekend, Hodgson's focus is on securing the points that will boost West Brom's bid to stay in the Premier League.
In the past
"It's another game but it means a lot because we only have eight games left and every game means a lot," said Hodgson.
"I don't have any feelings of revenge or proving anything. I don't think I need to prove points.
"If there are people out there who think I need to prove a point then I suggest they look at what I've done in 36 years.
"I'm more concerned with having that behind me than having debates about six months at a club.
"For me it's six months in a 36-year career - and I don't have any worries about that.
"I live in the present and the future. What happened at Liverpool is in the past."
Hodgson also reiterated his belief that he never stood a chance of being a success at Liverpool due to the fans' desire to see Dalglish return as manager.
He added "The people who employed me didn't stay too long. I think for the new owners they obviously found themselves in a difficult situation because we weren't winning enough games.
"The fans were making it clear they wanted me gone and someone else in. Everyone knows for one minute I can't suggest I felt wanted at Liverpool.
"It is not exactly a secret I wasn't perceived by a lot of people as the manager they wanted at Liverpool. They wanted somebody else and that makes life a lot more difficult.
"It was my misfortune to be at a club where the fans made it pretty clear early on they really wanted the manager they have got now."