Portugal Liga

Liverpool fires manager Rodgers

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(AP) -- Brendan Rodgers was fired as Liverpool manager on Sunday, paying the price for the club's 18-month slump since almost ending its long wait for an English league title.

Liverpool's American owners, Fenway Sports Group, chose the day of the Merseyside derby against fierce rival Everton to announce that Rodgers' three-year stint at Anfield was over. About three hours after the 1-1 draw at Goodison Park, Rodgers had his contract terminated.

"All of us have experienced some wonderful moments with Brendan as manager and we are confident he will enjoy a long career in the game," the FSG's ownership group said. "Although this has been a difficult decision, we believe it provides us with the best opportunity for success on the pitch. Ambition and winning are at the heart of what we want to bring to Liverpool and we believe this change gives us the best opportunity to deliver it."