Liverpool completed a major overhaul of the club's backroom staff with the dismissal of manager Kenny Dalglish on Wednesday. The decision follows the same action taken over director of football Damien Comolli last month and means that there could also be a major shakeup on the Anfield pitch next season.
Many expected that Dalglish would be given more time after leading the club to victory in the Carling Cup and the final of the FA Cup this summer. But the club's American owners, Fenway Sports Group, have acted decisively after disastrous performances in the Premier League that saw them finish in a lowly eighth position.
Dalglish's plight was not aided by the huge sums of money that have been spent in the past 18 months for little return and there was undoubtedly hesitancy within the club's hierarchy to allow Dalglish to oversee further recruitment this summer.
With Dalglish having strong opinions about who warranted a place in his team, leaving certain players frustrated on the outskirts, his departure is sure to have an impact on the futures of several individuals.
Take a look at five men whose futures are most affected by the departure of the Liverpool legend.