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Roy Hodgson praises former team Liverpool with quadruple dream verdict

Watford boss Roy Hodgson has insisted his former side Liverpool are more than capable of achieving the quadruple dream this season.

The former England manager returns to Merseyside this weekend as Watford hopes to pull off a surprise upset in the Premier League. The Hornets currently sit 18th in the table, and sit just three points behind another Merseyside club in Everton. However, Frank Lampard’s side have two games in hand, and Hodgson will need a few shock wins to escape the relegation zone.

But the 74-year-old coach understands that competition at the top of the table is rife.

Speaking to The Mirror, Hodgson had high praise for his upcoming opponents as he admitted that the elusive quadruple is not an impossible objective.

He said: “I think the Quadruple is possible. A Treble is a wonderful achievement. To win the Quadruple you’ve got to beat the best in Europe as well as in your own country but, yes, I do believe it’s a possibility.

“The teams at the top of our league are now so good that they are capable, to some extent, of wiping the board – as long as they can see off their closest and fiercest rivals at home.

“They will sweep everyone else aside, except maybe one or two just below them, so they have got to clear that hurdle first, and they are going to need a good slice of fortune, certainly in terms of keeping key players fit.

“When you are manager of Fulham, West Brom, Crystal Palace or Watford, you don’t really care about winning Doubles or Trebles – what you care about is taking a point or two off them to keep ourselves in the Premier League.”

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Roy Hodgson admits difficult task awaits Watford

The veteran boss has failed to steer Watford away from the relegation zone since taking charge in January.

Hodgson replaced former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieiri, as Watford sat at the time two points away from safety.

Now, they find themselves still inside the bottom three- and have just eight games to change their fate.

And Hodgson admitted that as time goes on, his side find themselves facing an even steeper task.

He said: “We’ve tied a chain round our neck and attached a rock to it. We’ve got to pull that with us now wherever we go because we are several points behind the teams we need to catch. Everyone knows that once you fall some points behind, and the number of games left starts to dwindle, your task to reach safety becomes more and more difficult.

“And there will be other games where you’re just hoping your team can pull off some sort of exceptional performance and surprise the football world by getting a result no-one expects.”

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