Brendan Rodgers was fired by Liverpool in the aftermath of the Merseyside derby with Everton, which ended 1-1.
However, the Northern Irishman was allowed to speak to the media before being delivered the news, with his post-match comments seeming to suggest he had little idea what was just around the corner.
"There are two points: the first is I don't feel any pressure, I can honestly say that," he said.
"There is pressure to sell newspapers and make stories and I understand and respect that. My job is to worry about the team, that is the only pressure I will feel.
"People will want to put pressure on for different reasons. I don't feel it, I don't want it but anything externally, there is no drama.
"I have never felt anything other than secure. That is not being complacent. I was brought here to do a job, I signed a new deal (in May 2014) and the owners know it takes time."
Rodgers clearly expected owners Fenway Sport Group would give him more time to blend the array of players he has brought into the club over the past couple of years. It has been a time of much change at the club, with long-time captain Steven Gerrard departing and the club being forced to sell Luis Suarez and then Raheem Sterling.
Everton 1 Liverpool 1 player ratings
Everton 1 Liverpool 1 player ratings
1/22 Everton: Tim Howard 6 out of 10
Made a couple of impressive saves but his distribution was anything but assured.
2/22 Tyias Browning: 6 out of 10
A composed performance from the youngster. A reliable deputy to Coleman, but could soon challenge for a starting spot.
3/22 Phil Jagielka: 7 out of 10
The veteran produced a number of superb challenges at key moments. Remains an excellent reader of the game, even if he lacks pace.
4/22 Ramiro Funes Mori: 6 out of 10
Performed well for a player who has not had the luxury of much Premier League football. Worked well in tandem with Jagielka.
5/22 Brendan Galloway: 6 out of 10
Technically sound and methodical in his approach; the teenager looks to be a real prospect.
6/22 James McCarthy: 6 out of 10
Calm and composed presence in the centre of the park. Did his defensive work dutifully but also pressed forward when chances arose.
7/22 Gareth Barry: 6 out of 10
His crippling lack of pace would suggest a game such as this would pass him by, but his ability to read the game ensured he was not exposed.
8/22 Gerard Deulofeu: 5 out of 10
Struggled to make any kind of impact on the game. Very quiet but did produce the cross that led to Lukaku's equaliser.
9/22 Ross Barkley: 7 out of 10
Lost Ings for Liverpool's first goal, but played a key role in Everton's attack. His direct runs caused Liverpool plenty of problems, as did his delivery form wide areas.
10/22 Steven Naismith: 5 out of 10
Could not provide the cutting edge that he did against Chelsea, but ran and ran for the team.
11/22 Romelu Lukaku: 7 out of 10
Provided a much needed out ball up top and took his goal extremely well. Dominated in the air and linked up play with those around him.
12/22 Liverpool: Simon Mignolet 6 out of 10
The Belgian produced two superb saves in the first half but, ultimately, was let down by those in front of him.
13/22 Emre Can: 5 out of 10
The hot headed German got involved with Barkley unnecessarily and still does not look at home as part of a back three. At fault for Everton's goal.
14/22 Martin Skrtel: 5 out of 10
Relished the physical battle with Lukaku but did not have the appearance of a man in control. Composure can give way to panic.
15/22 Mamadou Sakho: 5 out of 10
Struggled when put under pressure by Everton. The Frenchman is far from composed in possession but needs to be within a back three.
16/22 Nathaniel Clyne: 6 out of 10
The full back pressed forward regularly but his final ball into the penalty area was below par.
17/22 James Milner: 6 out of 10
The engine room of Liverpool's midfield. Milner was all over the park and provided the assist for the opening goal. Reliable if not remarkable.
18/22 Lucas Leiva: 5 out of 10
Fortunate not to receive a second yellow card in the closing stages before he was given the hook. Did not make his presence felt.
19/22 Alberto Moreno: 4 out of 10
Failed to press Deulofeu for Everton's equaliser. The Spaniard's decision making is poor and he is simply not suited to the system that Liverpool played.
20/22 Philippe Coutinho: 6 out of 10
Did not sparkle like the world knows he can, but could not be accused of a lack of effort. Liverpool need him to step up on such occasions given his importance to the side.
21/22 Danny Ings: 7
The Englishman took his goal extremely well, which capped off his impressive individual week. Pressed Everton's back four constantly.
22/22 Daniel Sturridge: 6 out of 10
Showed plenty of endeavour, but rarely had a clear sight of goal. Starved of possession and struggled to grab a foothold in the game.
It had been reported that the club had told Rodgers he must deliver a top four finish, a position that is currently three points out of touch, but Rodgers denied he had been set that target when speaking on Sunday prior to his sacking.
"In all my time it has been an internal ambition but it has never been said by the club," he added.
"We did that against the odds a couple of years ago (almost winning the title with a Suarez-inspired side). We lost quality and will have to rebuild.
"I have never been asked or told to deliver that (a top-four finish) by anyone at the club since I came in.
"If we are to replicate what we did two years ago we will have to build something. That will take time. That is frustrating for supporters but there are new players to come in.
"It will take time, whether that is me or someone else. While it is me, I will continue to devote every ounce to the club."
Liverpool now turn their attention to finding that someone else.
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