Brendan Rodgers, 42, got sacked by Liverpool after a 1-1 draw against Everton in the Merseyside Derby on Sunday. About an hour or so after the game, the ownership group released a statement saying that Rodgers had been relieved from his duties as Liverpool manager.
The Northern-Irishman released a statement of his own on Monday, thanking the players and the owners for his time at the club.
“I am, of course, incredibly disappointed to be leaving Liverpool football club,” Rodgers said. “It has been both an honour and a privilege to manage one of the game’s great clubs for the last three years.
“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 makes 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 [the chief executive] 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.”
Rodgers spent a lot of money during his time in charge for Liverpool, including almost $120 million this summer on players like Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino. Despite all the new high-profile signings, Rodgers struggled to get the side going and eight games seemed to be enough for the ownership group to decide that a change was needed.
During his time in charge, Liverpool finished 7th, 2nd and 6th in the Premier League. In the European cups, his biggest achievement was taking Liverpool to the Round of 32 in the Europa League on two occasions.
Rodgers coached Liverpool in 166 games, winning 83, drawing 41 and losing 42.
Besides that second-place finish, Rodgers hasn’t done enough by Liverpool standards, as they see themselves as one of the big clubs in England. You could question why the owners didn’t just fire Rodgers during the summer instead of eight games into the season, but that’s just the way it works in the soccer world sometimes.
The media frenzy and speculation of who is taking over at Anfield started right after the announcement of Rodgers departure. One name mentioned was Carlo Ancelotti.
The frontrunner seems to be former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp. The eccentric German did a great job in building up Dortmund after several years of disappointing results. He won two Bundesliga titles during his time in charge, as well as a German Cup title and he took the club to the Champions League final in 2013.
Looking at what Klopp did for Dortmund, he seems to be a good fit for Liverpool as long as the ownership group gives him some time to implement his style of play and management. He made Dortmund into one of the most excitable teams to watch, and there’s no doubt that there’s a lot of talent in the Liverpool squad.
It might just be that all they need is a new voice in the locker room and some new ideas on how to play on the field. And Klopp himself will be worth the ticket price as he is always animated on the sideline.