Danny Murphy believes Roy Hodgson is the ideal manager to revitalise the flagging fortunes of Liverpool.
Murphy, who spent seven seasons at Anfield, has worked under Hodgson at current club Fulham for the past two-and-a-half years and has been impressed with the approach of the veteran Englishman.
Hodgson has transformed the Cottagers from Premier League relegation candidates to Europa League finalists during his time at the helm and is on the verge of being appointed the new manager of the troubled Reds.
Rafael Benitez left Anfield by mutual consent at the end of a disappointing last campaign, while the cash-strapped club is currently up for sale.
But despite the problems on Merseyside, Murphy believes Hodgson is the ideal man to bring success back to Liverpool.
"Liverpool need someone who has an understanding of the history and heritage that lies behind the club and what it means in the context of English football," he told the Daily Mirror.
"People spoke about (Jose) Mourinho, but I personally didn't see him as an ideal fit with Liverpool, because right now, they need someone who has an empathy for the club.
"I admire Roy Hodgson. He has a philosophy of playing good football which will fit well at Liverpool, and he gives players responsibility and a platform to work from.
"Maybe it is time Liverpool had an English manager who knows about the club."