West Brom boss Clarke: Rodgers wanted me to stay at Liverpool
But he revealed Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group, forced him out.
He explained: "I actually got sacked by Liverpool.
"I spoke to Brendan after Kenny left and I was still there.
"Brendan said he was one of the candidates and told me, 'Don't do anything silly because maybe we could work together.'
"But after they took Brendan in, they wanted to re-jig and reshape the whole staff. The owners wanted to clean the place out and start with fresh people.
"There were two or three jobs still available and I was fortunate to get this."