Brendan Rodgers says he was privileged to manage Liverpool but is incredibly disappointed to have left the club.
The Northern Irishman was sacked less than five months after owners Fenway Sports Group gave him their backing after a woeful end to the 2014-15 campaign.
The decision came just a couple of hours after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park in the 225th Merseyside derby.
“I am, of course, incredibly disappointed to be leaving Liverpool Football Club,” Rodgers said in a statement on the League Managers Association website.
“It has been both an honour and a privilege to manage one of the game’s great clubs for the last three years.
“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.”
Rodgers joined Liverpool in 2012 and came agonisingly close to winning league in 2014. However, since the sale of Luis Saurez Liverpool have struggled to replicate that kind of form.
“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,” added the former Reading manager.