Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was in defiant mood on Friday as he addressed the media ahead of his side’s clash with Aston Villa at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
The 42-year-old conceded that he knows he is under pressure to improve results, but insists that he embraces that challenge and is ready to fight for his future.
Liverpool have now gone four Premier League games without a win which has left them in 13th place in the table, while they failed to convince in mid-week as they needed penalties to see off Carlisle in the Capital One Cup third round.
However, Rodgers is confident that he will be able to inspire his team to better results in the coming weeks, and accepts that it is natural that other managers will be linked with his post if he doesn’t perform to the level that the club expects him to.
“The pressure is huge but I embrace that challenge. I respect that we need to get results. One win and we’re back around top four,” he told the media, as reported by Sky Sports.
“It is all about confidence. Once we get goals and a sequence of wins we will get that confidence.”
“In terms of names linked, when manager of club this size there is always going to be speculation, especially when you’re not winning.”
Having overseen more turnover this summer with several new faces arriving at the club, Liverpool have struggled to find the same fluidity and rhythm to their play in the opening few games of the season.
Injuries have also played their part, with the Reds currently without the likes of Jordan Henderson, Christian Benteke and Dejan Lovren due to various ailments.