Brendan Rodgers sacked as Liverpool manager

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Liverpool have confirmed that Brendan Rodgers has been sacked as the club's manager after the 1-1 draw with Everton this afternoon.

Rodgers leaves Anfield with the Reds in 12th place in the Premier League, with 12 points from their first eight games.

The final straw proved to be the stalemate with Everton at Goodison Park. Danny Ings had given Liverpool the lead but Romelu Lukaku's equaliser meant they were forced to settle for a point. A statement on Liverpool's official club website read: "Liverpool Football Club has announced that Brendan Rodgers will leave his post with immediate effect after having his contract terminated. The process to appoint a new manager is underway."

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Jurgen Klopp is the early favourite to replace Rodgers, with reports earlier today going as far as to suggest that the German boss has already agreed a three-year contract to take over at Anfield. Carlo Ancelotti and Frank de Boer have also been linked with the now vacant job.

Liverpool fans had been calling for Rodgers, who took charge of the club in 2012 and led them to a second-place finish in the Premier League 2014, to be axed after a poor start to the season.

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A joint statement from owner John W. Henry, Chairman Tom Werner and President Mike Gordon said: “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.

“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 underway and we hope to make an appointment in a decisive and timely manner.”

Reports suggest that Rodgers was informed of the decision within an hour of the result against Everton, with chief executive Ian Ayre delivering the news.

Liverpool fans took to Twitter to express their shock at the decision, and began speculating about the best man to replace him.

Check out a selection of the best Tweets following the news Rodgers had been let go below:

Liverpool have made a TERRIBLE decision that will come back to haunt them - agree or disagree?

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