Liverpool sack manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool will be on the hunt for a new manager from tonight onwards after the club announced the sacking of Brendan Rodgers with immediate effect, just a few hours after their 1-1 draw with rivals Everton.

Rodgers took Liverpool to within a whisker of the Premier League title in the 2013/14 season, but having lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona, and then Daniel Sturridge to injury for large parts of last season, the club failed to live up to the hype they built the previous season.

Liverpool sit 10th in the league after today’s draw, with the club statement stating the decision had been a difficult one.

“Although this has been a difficult decision, we believe it provides us with the best opportunity for success on the pitch.

“The search for a new manager is underway and we hope to make an appointment in a decisive and timely manner.”

The Northern Irish manager was told just under an hour after the final whistle had gone at Goodison Park that he would be leaving the club.

Principal owner John W Henry, President Mike Gordon and Chairman Tom Werner released a press statement of their own following the dismissal.

“We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Brendan Rodgers for the significant contribution he has made to the club and express our gratitude for his hard work and commitment.

“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.”

“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.”

Swindon cut short Liverpool goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux’s loan spell

In what will probably be the greatest, and funniest story you’ll read today – Swindon have sent on loan Liverpool goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux back to Merseyside, after the joker paid a £50 club fine in pennies.

Vigouroux was fined for turning up to training late, and told to £50 so to set an example – and in hope the player would not make the same mistake again.

Sadly for Swindon, the 21-year-old clearly felt hard done by. Either that, or what may have been a joke was taken completely the wrong way by the Robins – but I doubt that was the case.

Signed by Liverpool from Tottenham last year, manager Brendan Rodgers sent the youngster out on loan to gain some first team experience, and had been performing well for Swindon before the incident.

Robins manager Mark Cooper, who is already working with a small squad, wouldn’t give too much away to the press following the revelation – but did say the matter had been dealt with, and he was unsure whether the player would be available on Tuesday.

“It’s a disciplinary internal matter. I’m not sure if he is (available on Tuesday).

“It’s come from me and the rest of the players. It won’t (cause an issue now) it’s been dealt with.”

With the departure of Vigouroux Swindon now face the problem of only having one senior keeper on the books, in the form of Ty Belford. Belford will now be favourite to start tomorrow night’s match when the club face Doncaster Rovers – but you would assume Cooper will be scrambling around to bring in another senior keeper on loan.