Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he feared getting sacked by Liverpool before the dramatic turnaround in their form that has seen the club rise up the Premier League table.
The Reds are the only unbeaten Premier League side in 2015 and extended that run by emerging victorious over the league's current champions, Manchester City, on Sunday.
Liverpool's form hit a low when Rodgers' side were soundly beaten 3-1 at Crystal Palace in November. It convinced the former Swansea City boss that changes were needed. According to Sky Sports, Rodgers stated that his side had no identity.
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"We had no identity and everyone could see it. We just weren’t the team I had built over a couple of years"
"I knew I had to do something radical because I had seen enough of the players to know we were not going to be able to shape up and work and play as we had done for the previous couple of years with what we had got."
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Rodgers then praised his decision to switch to a radical 3-4-3 formation that has changed his side's current fortunes.
"That’s what I am, an innovative coach, and I needed to find a way to make us play better."
Despite immediately losing 3-0 to rivals Manchester United, Liverpool created enough chances that day to suggest a change in form may be imminent. Rodgers has confessed that without such a change in form his sacking may have been similarly imminent by speaking of his experience while in charge of Reading.
"That’s what I learned from that sacking there - it doesn't matter how much support you have in the boardroom, you have to get results and you have to win."
Such an eventuality now looks unthinkable as Liverpool have closed a ten point gap on Manchester United to just two points. They will be looking to extend their unbeaten run by beating Burnley tonight.
The current system has added an extra body in midfield and allowed the likes of Raheem Sterling and the in form Philippe Coutinho to get on the ball and affect play in the final third of the pitch. It also has appeared to cover Liverpool's defensive frailties, which despite their scintillating attacking play was a feature of much of their play last season.
More importantly, the change in system and form has given the Merseyside club a chance to achieve one of the coveted top four spots at the expense of either Manchester United or Arsenal. It is in their own hands now.