Brendan Rodgers has discussed the circumstances surrounding his sacking by Liverpool four months ago.
The Northern Irishman was relieved of his duties by the Reds following the 1-1 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby in October.
Liverpool were in 10th when Rodgers was axed, with his replacement Jurgen Klopp so far failing to inject any consistency, with the Reds currently only one place better off in ninth.
Rodgers was not expecting the sack when it came following the draw at Goodison Park.
When asked by beIn Sports whether he only found out after the derby, Rodgers said: “That was exactly it. I wasn’t aware [I was about to lose my job]. There was a lot of speculation for about six months.
“All I ever tried to concentrate on was getting the best out of the team, but we perhaps weren’t playing as fluidly as we had done in the previous couple of years, but we were trying to work back towards that again and it was something I felt we could get to.
“However, we played the game against Everton and after it I got a call. I wasn’t aware before the game, and the derby result was a decent one away from home.
“We played well in the first half and I felt we should have won the game, but I accepted it.
“Of course I was disappointed by the decision but, I repeat, I respected the owners, who wanted to take the club in a different direction. I did my best and will always only have fond memories from my time at the club.”