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Brendan Rodgers sacked as Liverpool manager

Brendan Rodgers has been sacked as manager of Premier League side Liverpool.

The Carnlough man, who took over from Kenny Dalglish in 2012, was dismissed with immediate effect amid mounting criticism of the team's poor start to the new season.

Liverpool are currently 10th in the league on 12 points after eight matches.

The club's American owners, Fenway Sports Group, informed Rodgers of their decision following the side's 1-1 draw against Everton in today's Merseyside derby.

In a statement published on the club's website, Fenway Sports Group, Principal Owner John W Henry, Chairman Tom Werner and President Mike Gordon said the decision was "difficult" and thanked Rodgers for his time as manager.

“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," they said.

“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."

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

Rodgers has been dogged by speculation about his future since the humiliating 6-1 defeat at Stoke on the final day of last season.

FSG initially came out in support of their manager, although they did effect changes on the coaching staff with Rodgers' close friend and assistant boss Colin Pascoe and first-team coach Mike Marsh being jettisoned in favour of England Under-19 coach Sean O'Driscoll and former midfielder Gary McAllister.

The Americans allowed Rodgers to spend £80million in the summer - much of which was recouped with the sale of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for £49million - but performances have been far from what was expected, even if the side are still only three points off fourth place.

Injuries, most notably to captain Jordan Henderson, have prevented the Northern Irishman from fielding his strongest side so far this season while striker Daniel Sturridge has only just returned from a hip operation he had in May, 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 are both out of work and were linked with Rodgers' position several weeks ago.

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