Rodgers ‘doesn’t need assurances’ from Liverpool

Date published: Friday 2nd October 2015 10:31

Brendan Rodgers says he is not concerned over his future at Liverpool and is not seeking any assurances from the owners.

The Reds were held on Thursday by Sion at Anfield, with some fans booing the team off after the latest in a series of disappointing results.

Rodgers’ position has come under increased scrutiny following a poor start to the season, but while the manager accepts that criticism is inevitable, he remains optimistic for when he has a full squad available.

Asked about the dissent from supporters on Thursday, Rodgers said:  “The supporters watched the game and will be disappointed we didn’t take the chances. They want to win as much as we want to win. There’s frustration there, but we have to take that on the chin.

“When you lose games at a club like this, the investigation is very deep and the analysis is huge. But that’s part of it.”

Rodgers insists he feels secure in his position.

“It is not something I’m worried about. I don’t seek reassurances,” he said. “I love the club, I enjoy being here and the challenge of improving and developing

“It’s a long season, and it’s still very early. We still have some outstanding players to come back in. Once we have them, we’ll be in a position to challenge.”

“My worry and ambition is always the success of the club. I’ve always been clear that as manager you will always have critics, and sometimes the level of that increases.

“I also know there’s a lot of great support out there, which wants the team to do well.

“It’s about perspective. It’s still very early. We’re a couple of points off where we want to be, five points off the top with a lot of improvement left to come.”

Ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside derby at Everton, Rodgers insists the scrutiny is not having an adverse effect on his squad.

“Every game here is the same.,” he said. “There’s no less pressure or no more pressure.

“We’ve drawn games this season which we should have won, but we’re a couple of points off the top four.

“We’re still very calm, myself and the players, we’re enjoying our work.”

When Rodgers was appointed in 2012, the Northern Irishman asked to be judged after three years. The manager was asked for his assessment of his reign so far.

“In the first couple of years, we did well.,” he said. “Over the last 12 months, we have had to manage change and disruption within the squad.

“It’s not for me to judge, it’s for other people. I will just continue with my work, to implement an idea that we know can win games.

“Whenever you win games, that’s the key. When you lose, there’s disappointment.”

Rodgers insists he is more than happy to accept Liverpool being the favourites heading into the Merseyside derby.

His Everton counterpart Roberto Martinez tried to turn up the heat on Rodgers by claiming the amount of money he has spent – this summer’s £80million outlay was four times what the Toffees spent – means there is far more expectation on the visitors to Goodison Park on Sunday despite their recent form not suggesting as much.

Rodgers dismissed the mind games but accepts his side do have to shoulder that burden.

“We will always take the favourite tag. When you are at Liverpool that is what you want,” he said.

“We are happy if people want to put that onto us – we are Liverpool. There is no advantage or disadvantage for us.

“If we are the favourites it shows we are a big club and people look to us as the team who want to have that initiative.

“We are definitely a team where every game we go into the level of opponents’ games goes up and that is because of the nature of the club we are.

“It shows you the level of expectancy here as opposed to another club. We are happy to live with that.”

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