Brendan Rodgers statement: Liverpool squad is 'in transition but has some real talent'

Rodgers 'incredibly disappointed' to be sacked by Liverpool

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Brendan Rodgers has spoken for the first time since being sacked by Liverpool after the draw with Everton on Sunday.

The 42-year-old, who was reportedly sacked over the phone, has relesed a statement on the League Managers' Association website that says he is "incredibly disappointed" to be leaving the club.

Rodgers spent three years at Anfield and although he almost won the Premier League title in the 2013-14 season, he failed to win any silverware and the club finished outside of the top four again last season, missing out on Champions League qualification.

"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," read a statement on the LMA website.

"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."