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Published: 09:31 | 9/2/16

Rodgers happy to take a break

?Brendan Rodgers is happy to wait until the summer before making his managerial return.

Rodgers has been out of work since October when he was sacked by Liverpool, but he has had opportunities to return to the game with a number of clubs expressing an interest in signing him.

He has turned down the chance to return to management, preferring to take some time away, and he believes the break will serve him well when he eventually returns.

"I have had five opportunities since I left Liverpool to get back into work, all at clubs I really respect, but I just felt I wanted to take some time out. It is very intense when you are in the game," Rodgers told beIN Sports.

"I enjoy the scrutiny, and life of being at the leading edge of the game, but that opportunity that presented itself when I left Liverpool gave me the chance to go away for the first time in five years and sit and reflect on how I work and can improve and I hope my next club will benefit from that."

Rodgers was sacked by Liverpool in the wake of the 1-1 draw with Everton in October.

His dismissal came after weeks of speculation but the Northern Irishman admits the decision to relive him of his duties came as a surprise.

"I wasn’t aware [I was about to lose my job]. There was a lot of speculation for about six months," he reflected.

“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."

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