He spent his youth career with Ballymena United from 1984 to 1987 before debuting for the club's senior team.
He was the Football League Championship Manager of the Month with Swansea City in February 2011.
He had two children, Mischa and Anton, with his wife Susan Rodgers. Following their divorce, he became engaged to Charlotte Searle in 2016. They got married in 2017.
Jurgen Klopp replaced him as Liverpool's manager in 2015.