LIVERPOOL boss Kenny Dalglish has paid tribute to Sammy Lee after the club confirmed the assistant manager’s departure from Anfield.

In a statement the Reds said Lee had left the role he had held for three years by “mutual consent”.

Dalglish said: “We’d like to place on record our thanks for all of Sammy’s hard work over the years and the contribution he has made to Liverpool.

“He has always been a credit to the football club and a credit to himself. Everyone at Liverpool FC wishes him all the best in his future career.”

Former Reds midfielder Lee was appointed by Rafa Benitez in May 2008 and continued to work under Roy Hodgson and then Dalglish.

“I returned to the club in 2008 and I’m proud of the contribution I’ve been able to make since then,” Lee said.

“I want to wish Kenny, the players and the supporters all the best going forward.”

Dalglish is expected to replace Lee with a coach to work alongside him and first team coach Steve Clarke.

The statement from the club added: “The club will continue to analyse the requirements of their backroom team and will make further announcements in due course.”