The sacking of Brendan Rodgers, whilst rumoured to be a possibility, still came as a shock.
From Arsene Wenger to Rio Ferdinand, here's how the football world has been reacting to the dismissal of the Liverpool manager...
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger...
"I'm always sad when that happens as I think he is a quality manager. Unfortunately the pressure is always bigger on the managers.
"He was very unlucky to not win the Premier League. He was closest certainly to winning the Premier League of all the managers that have been working for the club, but that is the way it goes now and I wish him good luck. I'm sure he will find a job again."
Former Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher...
"Rodgers can't argue in some ways. He's been there three years, he hasn't won a trophy and they've played Champions League football once. That's not good enough for Liverpool.
"Liverpool are becoming Tottenham. They think they are a big club but the real big clubs aren't concerned about what they do. What are these owners going to do to get the club back to where it needs to be?"
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand...
"It's only Klopp & Ancelotti Liverpool can be going for....need to make a decision quickly (sic)"
London Live presenter and former player Jimmy Bullard...
"Blimey just seen the Brendan Rodgers news! Didn't see that coming!"
Former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer...
"No-one wants to see a manager get sacked but the bar was set when the owners sacked Kenny Dalglish for finishing eighth, getting into two cup finals and winning one of them. From there to now I don't really see much progression.
"Looking from the outside now, I don't seen an identity, I don't see who their best players are, what the plan is or what the best system is. So from that point of view I was pretty confused.
"From the beginning of this season, with his two coaches going I thought Brendan was a dead man walking. As soon as he was going to have a bad run I felt the inevitable would happen."
Former England and Arsenal striker Ian Wright...
"I am shocked. He was meant to be the new kid on the block but he had run out of time.
"It is unfortunate for him but I don't think Liverpool owed him that time. They gave him a lot of money to spend.
"The club are nowhere near where they want to be. A club of Liverpool's size do not need to answer to anyone."
Who will be the next Liverpool manager?
Who will be the next Liverpool manager?
1/7 Jurgen Klopp (odds of 2/5)
Undoubtedly the fans' favourite, the out-of-work former Borussia Dortmund manager's philosophies are seen by many as the perfect fit at Anfield but he has never been tested outside of Germany.
2/7 Carlo Ancelotti (odds of 5/2)
The vastly-experienced Italian is a three-time Champions League winner and has had success in Italy, England and Spain and only last week the club had to deny they had approached him.
3/7 Frank De Boer (odds of 9/1)
Former Holland international has won the Eredivisie four times with Ajax and on Friday spoke about his desire to move to England, talking up Liverpool and Newcastle in particular. Despite a varied playing career, De Boer has not managed beyond his homeland.
4/7 Walter Mazzarri (odds of 16/1)
Relatively high up in the bookies' odds, the Italian was sacked by Inter Milan last November after previous spells with Napoli and Sampdoria, among others. No experience outside his home country.
5/7 Ronald Koeman (odds of 20/1)
Another Dutchman, one who has slotted seamlessly into Premier League life at Southampton and appears to have an approach which would fit in well at Liverpool.
6/7 Andre Villas-Boas (odds of 25/1)
Ex-Chelsea manager says he is leaving Zenit St Petersburg at the end of the season.
7/7 Jurgen Klinsmann (odds of 25/1)
Former Tottenham striker is currently the manager of the United States international team.
Former Tottenham chairman and Apprentice boss Alan Sugar...
"Rodgers was over rated Suarez made him look good. Since he left LFC went down hill"
Tennis player and Liverpool fan Caroline Wozniacki...
"Brendan Rodgers gone... Who's gonna replace him? #liverpoolmanager #lfc"
Swansea manager Garry Monk, who played under Rodgers at the Liberty Stadium...
"I cannot believe it. I don't understand it. It is a very harsh decision and he did not deserve that at all.
"He is a top manager. You do not know what happens behind closed doors. I am not sure who would do a better job at Liverpool.
"He will bounce back. He was so supportive to me, giving me advice when I got the job [at Swansea]. He is a top man and a top manager."
Former striker Stan Collymore...
"The next Liverpool manager is Ancelloti on an 18 month/2 year deal or Klopp on a 3 to 4. There are no other scenarios. None."
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