Roy Hodgson accidentally sold the wrong player while in charge of Liverpool, it has been claimed.
Alex Kacaniklic was once tipped as the next big thing to come out of the Merseyside club’s academy, but was moved on to Fulham nine years ago.
And the winger, who represented Sweden at international level, has now suggested that it was all down to a misunderstanding.
Keen to bring Paul Konchesky to Anfield after his stellar displays at left-back for the Whites, Hodgson included youth team players Kacaniklic and Lauri Dalle Valle to sweeten the deal.
Having played an integral part in Fulham’s journey to the Europa League Final the previous season under Hodgson, Konchesky was seen as the ideal replacement for Fabio Aurelio.
However, Kacaniklic has now claimed the 71-year-old ‘sent the wrong Alex’ to Craven Cottage during the 2010 summer transfer window.
“It was a bit difficult for Liverpool to replace me,” Kacaniklic told sports podcast Lundh.
“When I was in Fulham and before I signed up, I had a conversation with Roy Hodgson on the phone, where we found out that he had changed the wrong Alex.
“In his head, he thought he 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. I did not [go back]. Then I had already changed my mind and was very excited about coming to Fulham.”
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A mercurial winger with a wand of a left foot and the ability to play on either flank, the Sweden international spent four years in west London but failed to make the grade.
While the Hammarby winger did not explicitly say which player Hodgson meant to sell, there was an Alex Cooper who played for Liverpool during the same season as Kacaniklic.
Hodgson’s career on Merseyside was equally unsuccessful as he was replaced by club legend Sir Kenny Dalglish midway through his debut season.