Liverpool have sacked manager Brendan Rodgers after three and a half years in charge. Rodgers has been sacked by Liverpool after their 1-1 draw with Everton in Sunday afternoon’s Merseyside derby. This result left the reds with one win in nine matches.
The former Swansea manager Rodgers was appointed in June 2012 and led Liverpool to a second-place finish in the Premier League behind Manchester City just last year. His success in the 2013-2014 season earned him a new four year contract with the club and LMA Manager of the Year prize, making him the first Liverpool boss to win the award in 20 years.
Last season however, Rodgers side were eliminated out the Champions League in the group phase then eliminated out of the Europa League round of 32 on penalties vs Besiktas.They ended the season with 6th place in the Premier League but he was given time to rebuild his side and spent almost £70 million on new faces this summer.
Liverpool started their campaign well enough with expected wins against Stoke and Bournemouth which took them 2nd in the league. However, recent performances have been unconvincing with only one win in nine matches. They are currently placed 10th in the Premier League.
No announcement on Rodgers replacement is imminent. There are no plans to appoint a caretaker boss but the aim is to have a new manager in place before the next Premier League fixture away to Tottenham on Saturday October 17 with Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti the two names the club are said to be interested in.
3 Candidates to replace Brendan Rodgers as anfield boss
Clubs Managed: Mainz (2001-2008), Borussia Dortmund (2008-2015)
Managerial honours: Bundesliga (x2), DFB Pokal, DFL Supercup (x3)
Liverpool are set to hold talks with preferred managerial candidate Jurgen Klopp before the end of the week, while they have also made contact with Carlo Ancelotti’s representatives. Clear favorites Klopp has managed Borussia Dortmund for 8 years and has received much success there. In his time at Dortmund, having joined in May 2008, Klopp ended the clubs 9 year wait for a Bundesliga title, winning the league two years in a row in 2011 and 2012, when they won a league and cup double. He also made a name for himself in European football as he reached the club to their second Champions League final in 2013, where they were beaten 2-1 by rivals Bayern Munich. However Klopp struggled in his final season with club as the the team ended up seventh.
Clubs Managed: Reggiana (1995-1996), Parma (1996-1998), Juventus (1999-2001), Milan (2001-2009), Chelsea (2009-2011), Paris St-Germain (2011-2013) Real Madrid (2013-2015)
Managerial honours: Champions League (x3), UEFA Super Cup (x3), Club World Cup (x2), Intertoto Cup, Serie A, Coppa Italia, Supercoppa Italiana, Premier League, FA Cup, Community Shield, Ligue 1, Copa del Rey.
The Italian has won the Champions league 3 times, Twice with AC Milan and once with Real Madrid, his last club. Only Liverpool legend Bob Paisley can match Ancellotti’s three European Cups. Ancelotti has also managed Premier league champions Chelsea, his time in England was brief but achieved success instantly with winning the Premier League and FA Cup in his first season, the 56-year-old was sacked just two hours after the Blues’ final game of his second season. The former Madrid manager failed on the domestic front in his two seasons at Real Madrid Despite leading the club to their 10th European cup in 2014, he was fired at the end of last season, with Barcelona winning the Spanish league and cup before taking the Champions League too.
Clubs managed: Netherlands assistant manager (2008-2010), Ajax (2010-Current)
Managerial honours: Eredivisie (x4), Johan Cruyff Shield.
Former Netherlands defender De Boer won the Dutch league title four times in a row between 2010 and 2014 with Ajax, finishing second behind PSV last season. He’s recently spoke about his desire to move to England, talking up Liverpool and Newcastle in particular, De Boer was highly linked with a move to White Hart Lane last season. Despite an incredible playing career, De Boer has not managed beyond his homeland. The former Dutch international is third favorite for the Liverpool managerial position, but it is highly unlikely De Boer will be the next Liverpool manager as the clubs are heavily linked with Klopp and Ancelotti.
How the experts reacted
Former Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher, Who worked under Rodgers for one season:
“Rodgers can’t argue in some ways. He’s been there three years, he hasn’t won a trophy and they’ve played Champions League football once. That’s not good enough for Liverpool.
“Liverpool are becoming Tottenham. They think they are a big club but the real big clubs aren’t concerned about what they do. What are these owners going to do to get the club back to where it needs to be?”
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger:
“I’m always sad when that happens as I think he is a quality manager. Unfortunately the pressure is always bigger on the managers.
“He was very unlucky to not win the Premier League. He was closest certainly to winning the Premier League of all the managers that have been working for the club, but that is the way it goes now and I wish him good luck. I’m sure he will find a job again.
Swansea manager Garry Monk, who played under Rodgers at the Liberty Stadium:
“I cannot believe it. I don’t understand it. It is a very harsh decision and he did not deserve that at all.
“He is a top manager. You do not know what happens behind closed doors. I am not sure who would do a better job at Liverpool.
“He will bounce back. He was so supportive to me, giving me advice when I got the job [at Swansea]. He is a top man and a top manager.”