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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has ended his reign at Anfield today, despite a successful 2013/14 season with the club, where the Reds secured 2nd place in the Barclays Premier League.
The news comes as a shock to many Liverpool fans, who were confident that Rodgers could lead them to another successful season with the club, and hopefully the coveted Barclays Premier League title, which Liverpool has not won since the 1989/90 season with manager Kenny Dalglish and captain Alan Hansen.
Brendan Rodgers, 42, joined Liverpool in 2012, following a season with former Liverpool player and legend Kenny Dalglish as manager, where they won the Capital One Cup, after defeating Cardiff City, lost in the finals of the F.A. Cup to Chelsea with the final score being 2-1.
After finishing 8th in the Premier League, the team's worst showing since 1994, and failing to qualify for the Champion's League for a third straight season, Dalglish was sacked and Rodgers was appointed as Liverpool boss two weeks after.
Rodgers' first season with Liverpool found the Merseyside club finishing 7th in the Barclays Premier League, a place higher than last season. They were also eliminated from the Capital One Cup in the fourth round after they lost 3-1 to Swansea City, Rodgers' former club.
They also, surprisingly, were eliminated from the F.A. Cup in the fourth round by League One side Oldham Athletic and lost out to Zenit St. Petersburg in the Europa League round of 32. The likes of Joe Allen, Fabio Borini, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho joined Liverpool during this season, while Dirk Kuyt, Charlie Adam, Maxi Rodriguez and more left the club.
Rodgers' second season was a massive improvement from the first, with the club finishing 2nd in the Premier League, 2 points off drawing with the winners, Manchester City. However, Liverpool were knocked out of the F.A. Cup by Arsenal in the fifth round, and suffered elimination from the Capital One Cup after losing 1-0 to Manchester United and their new manager, David Moyes.
The club released this statement about Rodgers' resignation:
"Liverpool FC is saddened to announce the resignation of manager Brendan Rodgers, who will leave the club with immediate effect. Rodgers' has left the club with our blessing and we have wished him well in his future endeavours.
Liverpool FC will now be looking for a new manager, with the likes of Liverpool legends Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen being looked at as potential candidates, whilst Steven Gerrard has been touted as the new manager. Other candidates are French national team manager Didier Deschamps, and Napoli boss and former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez.