Liverpool coach Gary McAllister expects Reds to thrive under pressure
Gary McAllister believes Liverpool's players should be thriving under the growing pressure at Anfield.
Liverpool - and particularly manager Brendan Rodgers - are facing increased scrutiny after a mixed start to the season.
Former Reds midfielder McAllister, now Rodgers' first-team coach, feels the team need to step up and deliver.
The 50-year-old said: "There is always pressure at a club like Liverpool. It has not changed since I played here.
"A couple of poor results and the heat is on. Players have got to thrive under that pressure. That is the thing that drives you. You've got to grow and cope with the demands."
Having not won since August, McAllister accepts it is time for the team to step up and believes tonight's Capital One Cup third-round tie against League Two Carlisle could provide the perfect springboard.
He said: "We need to give the fans something to shout about. It is ideal to get a run going. But we are aware it is not going to be easy. They are not going to roll over."