This was contained in a statement by Liverpool owners, Fenway Sports Group, hours following Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against crosstown rival Everton.
The statement reads; “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 under way and we hope to make an appointment in a decisive and timely manner.”
Northern Irishman Rodgers, who, took over in June 2012, had Liverpool flirting with its first Premier League title in 2014, until two crushing results handed the championship to Manchester City. That summer, the club sold its best player, Luis Suárez, and never seemed to recover.
Without its attacking gem, Rodgers’s Liverpool floundered in the league last season and stumbled to an unremarkable sixth-place finish, but the owners have decided the club is not heading in the direction they want it to and have acted decisively.
Former Real Madrid coach Carlos Ancelotti and ex-Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, who are both out of work have been linked with Rodgers’ position.
His departure came on the day when Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat resigned. Though he saved the club from dropping into the second tier last spring, his three points from eight games hardly suggested a lasting turnaround.