Brendan Rodgers “incredibly disappointed” with Liverpool firing

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24 hours after being fired as Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers has finally had his say.

The former Reds boss was in charge at Anfield for three-and-a-half-years, but was sacked just eight games into his fourth season in charge at the Premier League side.

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In a respectful message, Rodgers said the current squad is “one in transition” and have “some real talent” before he thanked the fans, directors and players during his time at the Merseyside club.

Rodgers, 42, came agonizingly close to wining the PL with Liverpool during the 2013-14 season but ended up finishing in second and he failed to win any silverware during his time in charge at Anfield. Liverpool’s American owners, Fenway Sports Group (FSG), backed Rodgers in the transfer window but after key players such as Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling were sold, plus Steven Gerrard moving on and Daniel Sturridge injured for most of the last 12 months, Rodgers’ side struggled and the new signings couldn’t guide the Reds to back-to-back top four finishes last season.

With Liverpool currently in 10th spot with 12 points from their opening eight games of the season, FSG and owner John W. Henry thought it was time for a change as Rodgers’ reign is over and the favorite to replace him remains German coach Jurgen Klopp.

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Before anybody does come in at Anfield, Rodgers took some time to reflect on a roller-coaster three and a bit years at the storied English club.

Below is the full statement from Rodgers, which was released via the League Managers Association.

“I am, of course, incredibly disappointed to be leaving Liverpool Football Club. It has been both an honor 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 make 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 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.

Finally, I would like to give a special mention to John W. Henry, Tom Werner and Mike Gordon. They gave me this great opportunity and even though we will no longer be working together I am sure our relationship and friendship will continue into the future.”