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Liverpool FC sack Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool FC sack Brendan Rodgers Brendan Rodgers Sacked

Brendan Rodgers has been sacked as Liverpool manager. The Northern Irishman was told after Sunday's 1-1 draw with Everton that his three-and-a-half year reign in charge at Anfield was over.

Rodgers, whose side have only won one of their last nine games in 90 minutes, was informed in a phone call by a member of Fenway Sports Group's executive committee of the club's decision. 

It is thought that former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp is the favourite for the vacant Anfield post ahead of ex-Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti. 

 
Rodgers' side drew 1-1 with Everton in Saturday's Merseyside derby after taking the lead at Goodison Park

Rodgers' side drew 1-1 with Everton in Saturday's Merseyside derby after taking the lead at Goodison Park

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp is an option for Liverpool
Carlo Ancelotti could be the top pick at Anfield

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp and ex-Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, both pictured at Anfield, are the top contenders 

Klopp, pictured with Rodgers ahead of a pre-season friendly at Anfield last season, is the early favourite with the bookmakers to take the role

Klopp, pictured with Rodgers ahead of a pre-season friendly at Anfield last season, is the early favourite with the bookmakers to take the role

Rodgers hasn't been able to call on Daniel Sturridge nearly enough over the last two years, the striker struggling with persistent injuries

Rodgers hasn't been able to call on Daniel Sturridge nearly enough over the last two years, the striker struggling with persistent injuries

Liverpool almost stunned English football by lifting the Premier League two years ago (Luis Suarez pictured crying at Crystal Palace)

Liverpool almost stunned English football by lifting the Premier League two years ago (Luis Suarez pictured crying at Crystal Palace)

Steven Gerrard's infamous mistake against Chelsea saw the title slip from their grasp in the dying weeks of the 2013-14 season

Steven Gerrard's infamous mistake against Chelsea saw the title slip from their grasp in the dying weeks of the 2013-14 season

RODGERS' RECORD 

Played 165

Won 83

Drawn 40

Lost 42 

He has been under pressure since the start of the season but Rodgers is understood to have taken the decision in a dignified way.

No decision has been made about whether Sean O'Driscoll, Gary McAllister and Pejin Linders - the coaching staff that was put together in the summer following the departures of Colin Pascoe and Mike Marsh - will follow.

A statement on Liverpool's website read: 'Liverpool Football Club has announced that Brendan Rodgers will leave his post with immediate effect after having his contract terminated. The process to appoint a new manager is underway.'

In a joint Fenway Sports Group statement, owner John W Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Mike Gordon said: 'We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Brendan Rodgers for the significant contribution he has made to the club and express our gratitude for his hard work and commitment.

 
Suarez was the main reason Rodgers got so close to a title but the striker was sold to Barcelona for £75million

Suarez was the main reason Rodgers got so close to a title but the striker was sold to Barcelona for £75million

Winger Raheem Sterling (pictured in February) was another to leave the club, joining Manchester City over the summer

Winger Raheem Sterling (pictured in February) was another to leave the club, joining Manchester City over the summer

Rodgers' side currently sit 10th in the Barclays Premier League  having won just three of their eight games

Rodgers' side currently sit 10th in the Barclays Premier League having won just three of their eight games

Jamie Carragher and Gerrard both recently departed, leaving a gaping gap in the squad's spine 

Jamie Carragher and Gerrard both recently departed, leaving a gaping gap in the squad's spine 

Rodgers was appointed Liverpool manager back in 2012 and did enjoy a modicum of success although leaves trophyless 

Rodgers was appointed Liverpool manager back in 2012 and did enjoy a modicum of success although leaves trophyless 

Rodgers alongside the famous This is Anfield sign in the tunnel a month after landing the job

Rodgers alongside the famous This is Anfield sign in the tunnel a month after landing the job

FIVE IN THE FRAME (Paddy Power)

Jurgen Klopp - 2/5

Carlo Ancelotti - 15/8

Frank De Boer - 14/1

Walter Mazzarri - 25/1

Ronald Koeman - 25/1

Diego Simeone - 50/1 

'All of us have experienced some wonderful moments with Brendan as manager and we are confident he will enjoy a long career in the game.

'Although this has been a difficult decision, we believe it provides us with the best opportunity for success on the pitch. 

'Ambition and winning are at the heart of what we want to bring to Liverpool and we believe this change gives us the best opportunity to deliver it.

'The search for a new manager is underway and we hope to make an appointment in a decisive and timely manner.'

Liverpool legend and Sportsmail columnist Jamie Carragher backed Klopp as the man to take up the vacant post on Friday night.

Carragher, speaking as a pundit on Sky Sports' coverage of Sunday's match of Ancelotti and Klopp: 'I think either of those coming in to Liverpool, I think the Liverpool supporters would be ecstatic.

'Carlo Ancelotti, Champions League winner three times, they know what Klopp did at Borussia Dortmund, we were all excited by them over the last few years. If it was me I would go for Klopp ahead of Ancelotti. I think he's got more to prove.

'I think Liverpool is not an easy job now. I think Ancelotti is a great manager of course but he gone to clubs where you expect to win trophies. It's a difficult job now at Liverpool to get them back into the top four.'

On Sky Sports, Thierry Henry (second left) reacted in shock by grabbing Sportsmail columnist Jamie Carragher's leg in the studio

On Sky Sports, Thierry Henry (second left) reacted in shock by grabbing Sportsmail columnist Jamie Carragher's leg in the studio

Carragher (left) went on to back Klopp for the role, saying that the former Borussia Dortmund boss would have a point to prove at Anfield

Carragher (left) went on to back Klopp for the role, saying that the former Borussia Dortmund boss would have a point to prove at Anfield

Romelu Lukaku equalised for Everton on a dramatic Merseyside derby day which ended with Rodgers being relieved of his duties

Romelu Lukaku equalised for Everton on a dramatic Merseyside derby day which ended with Rodgers being relieved of his duties

THE EYE-WATERING SPENDING UNDER BRENDAN 

2012-13

Fabio Borini £10.4m

Joe Allen £15m

Oussama Assaidi £3m

Samed Yesil £1m

Daniel Sturridge £12m

Philippe Coutinho £8.5m

2013-14

Luis Alberto £6.8m

Iago Aspas £7m

Simon Mignolet £9m

Mamadou Sakho £15m

Tiago Ilori £7m

2014-15

Rickie Lambert £4.5m

Adam Lallana £25m

Emre Can £9.75m

Lazar Markovic £19.8m

Dejan Lovren £20m

Divock Origi £9.8m

Alberto Moreno £12m

Mario Balotelli £16m

2015-16

Joe Gomez £6m

Nathaniel Clyne £12.5m

Roberto Firmino £29m

Christian Benteke £32.5m

Total £291.55m  

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