Brendan Rodgers has expressed his disappointment after Liverpool decided to relieve him of his duties at Anfield with immediate effect after the Merseyside derby. The Reds settled for a 1-1 draw on 4 October and just hours after the match, the former Swansea manager was shown the exit door.
Liverpool struggled in all competitions as they have managed only three wins in the league this season. After a string of poor displays and results, the Reds board decided to end Rodgers's time at the club.
The Northern Irishman released a statement on the League Managers Association website on 5 October. The 42-year-old claims Liverpool's current squad are in transition and he hopes his successor can deliver results in the rest of the 2015/16 campaign.
"I am, of course, incredibly disappointed to be leaving Liverpool Football Club. It has been both an honour and a privilege to manage one of the game's great clubs for the last three years," Rodgers said.
"I have worked every day to represent the club to the best of my ability, to develop both individual players and a team that the club's magnificent fans can be proud of. There have been some very memorable moments during my time at Liverpool and I would like to thank all of the players for their hard work and commitment."
"The current squad is one in transition, but they have some real talent and are showing a strong sense of togetherness. I expect to see them continue to grow and develop over the coming weeks and I wish them and my successor well for the rest of the season.
"Liverpool has a magnificent football heritage and I have nothing but respect and admiration for the history, tradition and values that make the city and the club so exceptional. As well as my players, I would like to thank everyone connected with the club; Fenway Sports Group, the Liverpool Directors, in particular Ian Ayre, my coaching staff, the staff throughout the club, the volunteers, the Academy staff and its young players and of course the amazing Liverpool fans for their unwavering support, passion and dedication which has made my time at the club so special.
"Finally, I would like to give a special mention to John W. Henry, Tom Werner and Mike Gordon. They gave me this great opportunity and even though we will no longer be working together I am sure our relationship and friendship will continue into the future."
Jurgen Klopp, Carlo Ancelotti and Frank de Boer are in contention to be the next Liverpool manager. However, the bookmakers have backed the former Borussia Dortmund boss to replace Rodgers at Anfield.