Brendan Rodgers’ time at Anfield may soon be up, as the Liverpool manager records a fourth defeat in a row after an embarrassing 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday. Rodgers, who faces a pivotal midweek Champions League match against Ludogorets in Bulgaria, was without star strikers Mario Balotelli and Daniel Sturridge.
Liverpool got off to an early lead as boyhood fanatic Rickie Lambert scored his first goal at the club a little over a minute into the match. However, that was as good as it got for Brendan Rodger’s men, as Crystal Palace equalized through Dwight Gayle to restore parity before the haft-time.
As the rain poured in South London, so did Liverpool’s troubles, as Joe Ledley put the Eagles in front with 12 minutes remaining. Mile Jedinak secured all 3 points with a beautiful free-kick to continue Liverpool’s nightmare at Selhurst Park.
Rodgers addressed fears about his job security, as he now languishes 4 points from the relegation zone.
“I’m not arrogant enough to think that I will be in a job through anything,” Rodgers said.
“Any manager will tell you that you have to win games and you have to get results, especially after how we’ve been developing as a football club. But I have a great communication line with the owners. We’ve been honest enough with each other but ultimately 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.”
Rodgers, who was voted the LMA Manager of the Year, has taken full responsibility for the current downturn of results. However, he believes that the owners will take into account the work done last season to restore Liverpool into a Champions League outfit again.
“Owners and directors and chairmen and chief executives have to see development on the field. Barring this period, our development has been very good and fast. But there’s no doubt as a manager you have to get results. That will support the confidence to the owners, and you take it from there. 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.”
Liverpool will hope to get to win ways soon as a crucial Champions League tie awaits them in Belarus. Should they win it will significantly increase their chances of getting past the group stages of the Champions League. However, anything less would heap more criticism and pressure on the Liverpool manager.
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