Belfast Telegraph

Rodgers: I don't fear getting the axe at Liverpool

By Graham Luney

Defiant Brendan Rodgers says he doesn't fear the sack at Liverpool.

The Anfield boss is under severe pressure with the Reds understood to be lining up Jurgen Klopp as his replacement.

Carnlough man Rodgers faces a must-win clash at home to Aston Villa today (3pm) with the heat rising after Liverpool scraped past League Two Carlisle on penalties in the Capital One Cup.

Asked about his thoughts on whether his job was under threat, the Ulsterman said: "I've never been complacent enough to think that it has never been. That's what drives a manager on - that fear, positive fear.

"But it doesn't frighten me. I've got an inherent belief in what I do but I don't shy away from the fact that you need to get results and be performing well to try and stay and work. I don't think it (the pressure) goes away unless you're winning games but I know that we've created that expectancy because of how we've worked.

"How do I block it out? It's very simple.

"I hope to be a football manager for another 20-odd years and I suspect that those 20 won't be at Liverpool, but whilst I'm here I want to fight for the players and the club."

Owners Fenway Sports Group stood by Rodgers in the summer despite a dreadful end to the campaign but fan disillusionment is growing.

Liverpool could go five league games without a win for the first time since doing so in Rodgers' first five games in charge in 2012.

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