Liverpool have sacked manager Brendan Rodgers following their 1-1 Premier League draw against rivals Everton in Sunday’s Merseyside derby.
Rodgers was appointed as Liverpool manager in June 2012 and led them to the brink of the 2013-14 Premier League title before they were pipped at the post by Manchester City.
Liverpool have since struggled to recapture that form, undermined by the departures of key men Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and club stalwart Steven Gerrard.
A joint statement from Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group, attributed to principal owner John W Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Mike Gordon, confirmed Rodgers’ fate.
The statement read: “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.
“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.”
Since back-to-back 1-0 wins in their opening games of this season against Stoke City and AFC Bournemouth, Liverpool have tasted victory just once in their past six Premier League games.
The result at Goodison Park, where Danny Ings’ opening goal was cancelled out by Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, left Liverpool 10th in the table.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Rodgers hailed a “very good point” and said he was “proud of the players” before stating that he did not feel under pressure as he was undertaking a rebuilding job at Anfield.
“There is no pressure for me,” he said. “I have got the passion, the players have got the passion and it never waned. What is forgotten is we lost four catalysts from team and that is huge. It is a constant rebuilding – this season is about that as well.”