What happened to Roy Hodgson's 8 Liverpool signings? MLS star, TV analyst and UCL winner

Roy Hodgson's tenure at Liverpool was one to forget for all involved
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When Rafael Benitez left Liverpool with Roy Hodgson being announced as his replacement, the club was surrounded by cautious optimism.

Hodgson was a year removed from guiding Fulham to an incredible 7th-place finish in the Premier League, joining Liverpool with 34 years of head coaching experience. While there were many, many detractors, it would be fair to say that fans were excited about a new direction within the club... but that soon disappeared.

Pretty quickly within his tenure, it was evident that Hodgson was not the man for Liverpool - who needed to rebuild its roster after losing the likes of Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Torres in 18 months.

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That rebuild, unfortunately, went absolutely nowhere in its first year from 2010 - with Hodgson's signings almost exclusively flopping and seeing him subsequently sacked halfway through his first season.

Below, has taken a look at each of the eight players signed by Hodgson, how they fared in Red and their next moves after leaving the club.

Jonjo Shelvey

A young Jonjo Shelvey having words for Sir Alex Ferguson after his sending off
A young Jonjo Shelvey having words for Sir Alex Ferguson after his sending off -Credit:Michael Regan/Getty Images

Hodgson's first official signing might not have actually been one that he had much involvement in, with Liverpool said to have agreed a fee with Charlton Athletic to acquire the 18-year-old before his arrival. Shelvey had played cameo roles in each of his first two seasons at Anfield, before playing 30 games in his final season - scoring two goals against Young Boys in the Europa League. But unfortunately for him, his most memorable moment might just be his sending off against Manchester United at Anfield.

Shelvey was sold to Swansea City for $6m after his third season with the Reds, where he stayed for three years before spending seven years with Newcastle United. He now plays for Caykur Rizespor in Turkey

Milan Jovanovic

You wouldn't have found many who knew who Milan Jovanovic was when he was linked to Liverpool, signing as a free transfer from Standard Liege. An impressive 2010 World Cup saw fans become mildly excited by his arrival - seeing him as an option to be used off the bench with his direct approach and powerful left foot.

Quickly after signing, Jovanovic impressed in pre-season and would start the opener against Arsenal before losing his place to Maxi Rodriguez after just a few games, with the Serbian looking too slow for the Premier League. He made just 10 league appearances before returning to the Belgian league the following season - retiring just two years later.

Danny Wilson

Hodgson with Joe Cole, Milan Jovanovic, and Danny Wilson
Hodgson with Joe Cole, Milan Jovanovic, and Danny Wilson -Credit:Liverpool FC/Getty Images

Signed from Rangers for a modest $2.5m fee, Wilson was seen as a prospect who would take time to develop but could be a long-term successor to Jamie Carragher. But he was never able to break into the first-team, even struggling during loan spells in the EFL with Bristol City and Blackpool.

He later signing for Hearts where he impressed and returned to Rangers for three seasons before moving out to the United States - where he spent five years of his career with the Colorado Rapids.

Joe Cole

Cole was seen as Hodgson's first official signing and it was one that had many Liverpool fans excited. He was tipped to feature alongside Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres as a man to link the play between the midfield and attack. Similarly to Jovanovic, Cole had impressed in pre-season leading many fans to be excited heading into the season.

But after a red card in his first game, Cole went on to suffer an injury that saw him miss large chunks, before falling out of favor after Hodgson was replaced by Dalglish. Cole went on loan to Lille before returning to West Ham and he later spent time with Coventry City. Cole spent his last two years playing in the USL Championship with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Cole is now a pundit for TNT Sports and Channel 4 in the UK.

Christian Poulsen

Another signing that had eyebrows raised. Liverpool needed a defensive midfielder to replace Javier Mascherano - eventually settling on Poulsen. The 30-year-old was a rotational player for Juventus, where he had largely struggled while failing to make much of an impact at the World Cup.

He lasted just 12 games at Liverpool before being sold to Evian after struggling to hold down a place with the Reds, having been outshone by Lucas Leiva. Poulsen played for just three more years, moving to Ajax before retiring with Copenhagen.

Brad Jones

Brad Jones' penalty save was a beautiful moment for the goalkeeper
Brad Jones' penalty save was a beautiful moment for the goalkeeper -Credit:Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

A back-up goalkeeper throughout his career with Middlesbrough, Jones' move to Liverpool was another which was a surprise - with him arriving as competition for Pepe Reina. Jones was primarily used in cup games throughout his time with Liverpool, but did have his moment in the Premier League. Jones came on to save a penalty from Yakubu just days after he and his wife tragically lost their son.

Jones remained with the Reds for four years, before leaving for Bradford City, eventually having spells in Holland and Saudi Arabia before returning to Australia. He retired last year.

Raul Meireles

Meireles was arguably the most exciting signing brought in by Roy Hodgson, seen as a player who would suit playing alongside Steven Gerrard in the midfield. Meireles was a first-choice option throughout the season, scoring an incredible goal away at Wolves in his best moment.

Meireles left Liverpool in a somewhat controversial fashion, demanding his transfer after Chelsea declared its interest in 2011. He would only be used sparingly for the Blues, but was apart of the team to win the Champions League after they defeated Bayern Munich. Meireles left Chelsea after that season, spending the final three seasons of his career with Fenerbahce

Paul Konchesky

Liverpool had long been in need of a left-back, with multiple players being used in the role over the previous five years - although none managed to nail down the starting role consistently. When the Reds signed Paul Konchesky, nobody truly saw that changing.

Konchesky was with Hodgson at Fulham, as a dependable but limited left-back. After starting the first 12 games, Konchesky lost his place to Fabio Aurelio and was loaned out to Nottingham Forest. He was sold to Leicester City the following summer, where he spent five years before having a few years in non-league.