Arsene Wenger has expressed his sadness that Liverpool have sacked Brendan Rodgers, with Garry Monk describing it as a “harsh decision”.
Rodgers was sacked by Liverpool in the wake of Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Everton which left the club down in 10th in the Premier League going into the second international break of the season.
After opening with back-to-back wins, the Reds have won only one of their last nine games, but Rodgers received support from outside of Liverpool.
Arsenal boss Wenger said: “I am always sad when that happens because I think he is a quality manager.
“I think he was unlucky not to win the Premiership. He was the closest certainly to win the Premiership of all the managers who have been working for the club. But that’s the way it goes now and I wish him good luck. I am sure he will find a job again.”
Further support for Rodgers came from his former club Swansea, where Monk was stunned by Liverpool’s decision.
“I can’t believe that. A very, very harsh decision. I don’t think he deserved that at all,” said Monk, who played under Rodgers at the south Wales club.
“I can’t see who else is going to do a better job for Liverpool at this moment in time so I am sad to hear that.”
Graeme Souness, who captained and managed Liverpool, said the club had fallen behind their supposed rivals, notably in the transfer market.
He said: “The teams that buy the finished article are Man Utd, Chelsea and Man City, and what do they have in common? They win the Premier League.”
How Twitter reacted to Rodgers’ sacking
Gary Lineker @GaryLineker – “Rodgers and out!”
Jimmy Bullard @jimmybullard – “Blimey just seen the Brendan Rodgers news! Didn’t see that coming!”
Craig Burley @CBurleyESPN – “Said 2/3 years ago in my Sunday Mail column Rodgers would be found out and seen through. Progressive coach my backside.”
Lord Sugar @Lord_Sugar – “Rodgers was over rated Suarez made him look good . Since he left LFC went down hill.”
Mark Ogden @MOgdenTelegraph – “Personal view is that Rodgers harshly sacked by Lpool. Until they compete financially, will be an impossible job for most managers…”
Don Hutchinson @donhutch4 – “Brendan Rodgers gone. Only two names Ancheloti or Klopp”
Sally Nugent @sallynugent – “So #Rodgers sacked by LFC. Someone else must be ready to come in surely ?”
Jan Aage Fjortoft @JanAageFjortoft – “Rodgers fired!!!! No Klopp news yet…..”
Rio Ferdinand @rioferdy5 – “It’s only Klopp & Ancelotti Liverpool can be going for….need to make a decision quickly.”
Caroline Wozniacki @CaroWozniacki – “Brendan Rodgers gone… Who’s gonna replace him? #liverpoolmanager #lfc”
Colin Murray @ColinMurray – “Cheers Brendan Rodgers. Like him or not, he definitely loved the club. Heart always in right place. Can’t question that. Farewell #WeGoAgain”
Gabriele Marcotti @Marcotti – “Don’t understand why Rodgers’ departure shd prompt philosophical questions such as “Are LFC still big club?” What does it even mean?”
Paul Hayward @_PaulHayward – “If Liverpool’s owners had lost faith in Brendan Rodgers why give him such a brief chance to restore their confidence? Mismanagement by FSG.”
Raphael Honigstein @honigstein – “LFC have not (yet?) contacted Jurgen Klopp, I understand.”
Ben Smith @BenSmithBBC – “#LFC owners made decision to sack Brendan Rodgers BEFORE Merseyside derby. Even victory at Goodison would not have spared him”
More from @BenSmithBBC – “I am told Brendan Rodgers took the decision in a very dignified way. Was visited at his home by #LFC chief exec Ian Ayre”
Steve Harper @steveharper37 – “Advocaat leaving was no surprise but the Rodgers sacking is a bit earlier than expected. A few football league jobs too #sackingseason”
Spencer Owen @SpencerOwen – “Just saw Roberto Firmino at London Euston. He had a big smile on his face. Wonder if he’s heard the Rodgers news…”
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