Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admits he must deliver results
Last Updated: 26/09/15 3:32pm
Brendan Rodgers says he is not worried about his future as Liverpool manager but admits he is under pressure to deliver results.
After kicking off the season with back-to-back 1-0 wins over Stoke and Bournemouth, Liverpool have now gone four Premier League games without a win, leaving them 13th in table.
The Reds needed a penalty shootout to beat League Two Carlisle in the Capital One Cup in midweek, placing further scrutiny on Rodgers' position.
"I'm never complacent enough to think [my position won't be under threat]," Rodgers told reporters ahead of the visit of Aston Villa this weekend.
"At a club of this stature, you always need to be at your best. It doesn't frighten me. I expect to be a manager for the next 20 years. That might not all be here.
"I'm a much better manager than the one that arrived here three years ago but I know I need to get results. The pressure is huge but I embrace that challenge.
"I respect that we need to get results. The message to the fans is to stay with the team. It only takes one win and we're back around top four.
"It is all about confidence. Once we get goals and a sequence of wins we will get that confidence.
"We have created that expectancy. How do I block it out? I focus very much on the team. I don't worry about myself."
Speculation linking Jurgen Klopp with the Anfield job intensified on Thursday when the German claimed he would be prepared to cut short his sabbatical 'for the right Premier League job'.
Liverpool have not made contact with the former Borussia Dortmund manager but Rodgers accepts speculation about his own position is part of the game.
"In terms of names linked, when manager of a club this size there is always going to be speculation," he said. "When you're not winning games that will only intensify.
I think there have been over 10 managers linked with my job in the three years that I have been here but you take that as part and parcel of the game.
"I think there have been over 10 managers linked with my job in the three years that I have been here but you take that as part and parcel of the game.
"I have regular contact with the owners and the relationship has always been strong. In all fairness, whatever happens here, whether I'm here for one day more, one month, one year whatever - I will always have a huge respect for the owners and the people that I work with here.
"All I will do is do what I have always done in my career and my time here and that is do my very best with the players that we have."