Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has sensationally admitted he feared the sack during his side’s dismal start to the season.
Rodgers comes clean prior to the Reds' clash with Burnley, a win in which would give Liverpool 29 points from a possible 33, the second best points to game ratio in Europe this year.
It was after his side’s embarrassing 3-1 loss at the hands of Crystal Palace in November (a result which left Liverpool in 12th place on 14 points), that Rodgers admits he really feared for his future.
“After that Palace game I felt that it doesn’t matter how much support you have, the team is not functioning and it could not go on really,” he told reporters.
“But I certainly wasn’t going to roll over and die. I will always fight for my life. I love it here and I want to be successful here.”
“I understood the situation. My experience at Reading told me that. That’s what I learned from my sacking there. I went in to Reading with the full backing of the chairman, who was great to me, and I got 20 games."
He added: “What I learned was it does not matter how much support you have in the boardroom, from the directors, the executives, you have to get results and you have to win."
Rodgers devised a new system after that Palace game, dropping only 11 points since then.
He explained: “I knew I had to do something radical because I had seen enough of the players to know we were not going to shape up and work as we had done for the previous couple of years with what we had got.”
The fact that Liverpool are still well and truly in the hunt for the top four, and Champions League qualification says it all about the turnaround Rodgers has produced.
Steven Gerrard is back in training for the Reds but is unlikely to face Burnley, whilst Jordon Ibe is the only real injury concern for Rodgers at the moment with the young winger looking likely to be out for at least a month.
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