Hodgson to look close to home


New Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has dropped a major hint that home-grown players will form the backbone of his summer transfer plans.

Hodgson was confirmed in the Anfield hot-seat as Rafael Benitez's successor on a three-year contract on Thursday.

The Englishman saw Israel international Yossi Benayoun sold on to Premier League rivals Chelsea 24 hours later.

Hodgson was coy on the size of his transfer kitty after being unveiled as the new manager of a cash-strapped club which is currently up for sale.

However, he has revealed that any players brought in to help make his mark on the squad are likely to be of the home-grown variety.

From the start of the new season each Premier League club will have to name at least eight 'home-grown' players in a squad of 25.

"We would be foolish not to be aware of the importance of home-grown players with the way UEFA and Premier League rules are going," explained Hodgson.

"Otherwise we're going to struggle to get our squad numbers together.

"I think the club have been trying to do that already with younger players like Jonjo Shelvey and Raheem Sterling, but it takes time for them to come through so we might have to go into the transfer market."

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