Hilariously bad: When Roy Hodgson wanted to swap Ryan Babel for Carlton Cole

Almost a decade ago, Liverpool were managed by Roy Hodgson, and we all know how that ended up.

Appointed in the summer of 2010, the current Crystal Palace manager lasted less than six months at Anfield, winning only seven of his 20 games and leaving the Reds just four points clear of the relegation zone.

Whilst that in itself is fairly humorous, some of the signings Hodgson made during his time on Merseyside were horrendous, to say the least.

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The likes of Christian Poulsen, Milan Jokanovic, Paul Konchesky and Fabio Aurelio, who was signed on a free transfer having only left the club a few months prior, were all baffling acquisitions by Hodgson – but, it gets worse.

Amazingly, the now 71-year-old boss wanted to bring Carlton Cole to Anfield with just days remaining of the transfer window, and was willing to exchange Ryan Babel in order to get his man.

The move never materialised, luckily for Liverpool looking back on it – just to make matters even more ridiculous, the pursuit of Cole came after Hodgson missed out on Ola Toivonen, who recently played for Sunderland and had hit just 13 Eredivisie goals in the season before Liverpool’s interest. Hardly phenomenal numbers.

Throughout his entire Premier League career, Cole has never hit over 10 goals in a single season – it was that figure that he reached in the campaign before Liverpool’s interest in him.

In the term that saw Hodgson last just six months before Kenny Dalglish replaced him, the West Ham forward netted only five goals in 35 appearances – a bullet well and truly dodged for Liverpool.

Cole, a Chelsea academy graduate, is now 35 years of age and plays in Indonesia for Persib Bandung.

It is truly astounding to think Hodgson felt that Cole would add anything to a side of Liverpool’s magnitude, and the fact that he was even a target sums up the former England manager’s botched reign at the club.