Monday, 24 November 2014
My job is on the line, admits Liverpool boss Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers admits he is fighting to save his job after Liverpool blew a one-goal lead against Crystal Palace to lose their fourth consecutive game.
The Reds took the lead at Selhurst Park after Rickie Lambert converted an Adam Lallana pass for his first goal for the club before strikes from Dwight Gayle, Joe Ledley and Mile Jedinak sealed three points for the hosts.
The result leaves Liverpool 12th in the Premier League after collecting just 14 points from their opening dozen games and Rodgers says he must answer for the team's plight.
“I’m not arrogant enough to think that I will be in a job through anything," he told reporters. “Any manager will tell you that you have to win games and you have to get results. You have to perform.
“In my first year when we weren’t maybe getting the results we were performing well. I will only ever do my best. The best has seen us develop well.
“Now I need to fight even harder and take the responsibility because as manager full responsibility comes down to me. Any pressure comes on to me.”
Analysing the performance against Palace, Rodgers was critical of his side's commitment and highlighted a lack of belief as the reason for their slump.
He added: “It was nowhere near the levels we’d expect. You’ve seen a team low on confidence.
“You could see our passing was a wee bit tentative, and then we make mistakes. Mistakes you wouldn’t expect to see at a team that’s supposed to be challenging. We failed to manage the game.
“Overall, that intensity and togetherness in our game isn’t there.
“We’re in another transition phase, but whatever phase it is we have to do better than that. That’s down to me to coach and manage that. That’s what I’ll continue to fight to do.”
Liverpool travel to Bulgaria on Wednesday looking to salvage their Champions League hopes with a win over Ludogorets.