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Liverpool legend Jan Molby claims England manager Roy Hodgson is not brave enough to replicate the Reds' style of play with the national side.

Hodgson had claimed that he is eyeing Liverpool as the blueprint to achieve success in the summer's world cup in Brazil. England registered a 1-0 victory over Denmark in the recent international friendly fixture.

The Three Lions had five Liverpool players in the starting lineup, which includes the likes of skipper Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson and Glen Johnson.

The Reds have been impressive this season as Brendan Rodgers has changed the fortunes of the Merseyside club in his second season at Anfield. Liverpool are second in the table with 59 points from 28 games, trailing league leaders Chelsea by seven points.

Molby believes Hodgson will take time to replicate Liverpool's form with the national side.

"Roy Hodgson spoke before the Denmark game about wanting to copy the Liverpool blueprint but I can't imagine England ever playing like that. The bottom line is that Hodgson wouldn't be that brave. He has built his career on different qualities," Molby told the Liverpool Echo.

"He has rightly picked a lot of Liverpool players based on their excellent club form but getting the best out of them in this England team will take a lot of doing. You have to get them in the correct positions and I'm not convinced Hodgson will ever get that right," he said.

Sturridge has been in impressive form for Liverpool this season and has bagged 18 goals already in the league so far. The former midfielder has urged Hodgson to build England's strike force around the Reds' striker than Manchester United's Wayne Rooney.

"It looks like Hodgson plans to build his frontline around Wayne Rooney for the World Cup but he would be better off making Daniel Sturridge his main man. His qualities are well suited to international football," he said.

"He's razor sharp and quick, and he has that ability to do things on his own. Rooney hasn't been at his best for some time now and struggled against the Danes. Sturridge was wasted out wide for long periods and showed late on with the winner what he can do in a central role," Molby explained.