Brendan Rodgers says goodbye to Liverpool FC after being sacked I wish my successor all the best

Brendan Rodgers says goodbye to Liverpool after being sacked: 'This is a club in transition. I expect to see them grow... and I wish my successor all the best'  Brendan Rodgers was dismissed as Liverpool manager on Sunday  The news broke hours after Liverpool drew 1-1 with rivals Everton Admits to being 'incredibly disappointed' in statement released on Monday Jurgen Klopp is the favourite to replace Rodgers as manager at Anfield READ: Liverpool transfer committee: Who are the real power brokers Jurgen Klopp will have to work withREAD: Jurgen Klopp will demand final say on transfers at Liverpool

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Brendan Rodgers has been pictured in public for the first time since his sacking by Liverpool on Sunday.

He boarded a private jet at Liverpool Airport on Monday morning and flew to Malaga with his girlfriend Charlotte Hind and her daughter.

A few hours later a statement was released on behalf of him by the League Managers Association where he admitted to being 'incredibly disappointed' at his dismissal.

Brendan Rodgers is heading out of England after being sacked as Liverpool manager on Sunday Brendan Rodgers is heading out of England after being sacked as Liverpool manager on Sunday

Brendan Rodgers has been pictured in Malaga after being sacked as Liverpool manager on Sunday

Rodgers was informed of the club's decision to part ways in a phone call after the draw at Goodison park

Rodgers was informed of the club's decision to part ways in a phone call after the draw at Goodison park

Rodgers arrived at Malaga airport with his girlfriend, Charlotte Hind, and her daughter

Rodgers arrived at Malaga airport with his girlfriend, Charlotte Hind, and her daughter

Rodgers was the manager of Liverpool for three years but endured a tumultuous year at Anfield

Rodgers was the manager of Liverpool for three years but endured a tumultuous year at Anfield

He said: 'I am, of course, incredibly disappointed to be leaving Liverpool Football Club. It has been both an honour 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.'

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While LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan added: 'Brendan is without doubt one of the most talented and forward-thinking British managers in the game. 

'His abilities were formally recognised in 2014, when his peers voted him LMA Manager of the Year following his brilliant work at Liverpool, which very nearly guided them to the Barclays Premier League title.

'His time at Liverpool has demonstrated he has both the skills and personality to manage at the highest levels of the game.

'Brendan has dedicated his entire professional life to developing players and teams, and I am certain that with his knowledge and passion for the game it won’t be too long before he finds a new challenge.'

Rodgers was dismissed by Liverpool hours after their 1-1 draw against rivals Everton at Goodison Park, ending his three-year reign at Anfield. 

He was informed by a phone call from Mike Gordon, the president of Fenway Sports Group, who own Liverpool.

The decision to part ways with Rodgers, 42, was taken more than a week ago. 

Jurgen Klopp, the former Borussia Dortmund manager, is the overwhelming favourite to replace Rodgers, though the German would want the final say on transfer policy - a luxury not afforded to Rodgers.

The Northern Irishman had to work alongside a transfer committee, which oversaw a host of lacklustre signings with Rodgers at the helm.

Liverpool's owners want their new man in place by the time of their next Barclays Premier League fixture against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on October 17, after the two-week international break. 

Get Adobe Flash player Rodgers and his girlfriend Hind are in Spain a day after the Northern Irishman was sacked by Liverpool

Rodgers and his girlfriend Hind are in Spain a day after the Northern Irishman was sacked by Liverpool

Rodgers pictured during Sunday's Merseyside derby draw with Everton, his final game in charge of Liverpool

Rodgers pictured during Sunday's Merseyside derby draw with Everton, his final game in charge of Liverpool

Liverpool's principal owner, Henry, released a statement on Sunday alongside chairman Tom Werner and president Gordon thanking Rodgers for his efforts 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,' the statement 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.' 

Rodgers had repeatedly acknowledged his job was under threat after a tumultuous year at Anfield. 

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp is the favourite to replace Rodgers at Anfield

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp is the favourite to replace Rodgers at Anfield

Liverpool principal owner John Henry released a statement thanking Rodgers for his effort at the club

Liverpool principal owner John Henry released a statement thanking Rodgers for his effort at the club

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After leading Liverpool to second in the Premier League in 2014, narrowly missing out on winning the club's first Premier League title, he oversaw a slide down to sixth by May 2015. 

He was unable rebuild a depleted attack, nullified by the loss of Luis Suarez to Barcelona that summer, and Daniel Sturridge, who missed the majority of the season with a string on injuries.

The campaign ended with Liverpool obliterated 6-1 by Stoke at the Britannia Stadium, Steven Gerrard's last game for the club.

A shell-shocked Rodgers admitted afterwards that 'if the owners want me to go, I go' but they kept faith - for a short while at least.

Rodgers had money to spend following Raheem Sterling's departure, and brought in Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke for significant fees at £29million and £32.5million respectively.

But still, Liverpool were not galvanised sufficiently. Two wins and a draw from their opening three games, away to Stoke and Arsenal and at home to Bournemouth, was acceptable but his team then hit reverse.

They were humbled 3-0 by West Ham at Anfield before Manchester United eased to a 3-1 victory at Old Trafford.

A 1-1 draw at home to Norwich was followed by a Pyrrhic victory on penalties against League Two Carlisle in the Capital One Cup.

Rodgers eagerly highlighted 'hysteria' surrounding the club after a 3-2 victory over Aston Villa  at Anfield but he soon read the writing on the wall, despite claiming he was not under pressure after drawing against Everton. 

The axe fell hours later.

Klopp now appears the natural fit to replace Rodgers. There are an abundance of parallels with Liverpool and his ex-club Dortmund.

Rodgers will reflect on difficult year at Liverpool, failing to replicate the success of his second season 

Rodgers will reflect on difficult year at Liverpool, failing to replicate the success of his second season 

Rodgers and Liverpool struggled with the absence of striker Daniel Sturridge with injury last season

Rodgers and Liverpool struggled with the absence of striker Daniel Sturridge with injury last season

Klopp wants complete control of transfers at Liverpool, something Rodgers did not have at the club

Klopp wants complete control of transfers at Liverpool, something Rodgers did not have at the club

With the backing of the German side's vociferous fans, the 48-year-old German achieved great success on a limited budget. 

He won successive Bundesliga titles, the German Cup and also led Dortmund to the Champions League final in 2013.

He is open to taking the job at Liverpool if he can iron out the differences in the transfer market with FSG. Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is also in the running.

BRENDAN RODGERS STATEMENT IN FULL 

'I am, of course, incredibly disappointed to be leaving Liverpool Football Club. It has been both an honour 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.'

LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan said:

'Brendan is without doubt one of the most talented and forward-thinking British managers in the game. His abilities were formally recognised in 2014, when his peers voted him LMA Manager of the Year following his brilliant work at Liverpool, which very nearly guided them to the Barclays Premier League title.

'His time at Liverpool has demonstrated he has both the skills and personality to manage at the highest levels of the game.

“Brendan has dedicated his entire professional life to developing players and teams, and I am certain that with his knowledge and passion for the game it won’t be too long before he finds a new challenge.'

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