Following Liverpool's 3-2 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday, BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks believes Brendan Rodgers can save his job at Anfield with a little help from four of his most talented players.
Crooks named both Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge in his Team of the Week - the former provided two assists, while the latter scored a brace - and the retired striker believes things will look even brighter for the under-fire Rodgers once Christian Benteke and Jordan Henderson return from injury.
Benteke is currently out with a hamstring problem, while Henderson remains sidelined with a foot injury.
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Rodgers, despite the narrow win over Aston Villa, is still fighting for his job amid intense speculation that either Jurgen Klopp or Carlo Ancelotti could replace the Northern Irish coach at Anfield.
Earlier today, bookmakers slashed the odds on former Borussia Dortmund head coach Klopp becoming Liverpool's next permanent manager, while it's understood that contact has been made with ex-Real Madrid boss Ancelotti as Fenway Sports Group weigh up their options.
Rodgers fighting to save his job
Following last week's disappointing results against Norwich City and Carlisle United - a 1-1 draw and a penalty shootout victory over League Two opponents, respectively - Rodgers was under pressure to secure all three points against Villa at the weekend.
Defeat may have resulted in the 42-year-old being handed his P45, but Rodgers has bought himself some additional time with a narrow - but vital - victory.
Writing in his weekly column, Crooks believes Rodgers still has a chance of salvaging his job, even though the odds are now stacked against him.
"Bearing in mind all the speculation surrounding Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, and with his team facing an Aston Villa side also in desperate need of points, it was just as well Philippe Coutinho was on top of his game," Crooks wrote. "The Brazilian prized open Aston Villa's defence almost at will, leaving Tim Sherwood facing his first managerial crisis.
"Strange that, because if Liverpool had lost to Villa it would have been Rodgers facing a crisis. At least Coutinho's brilliant performance has bought Rodgers time to get Christian Benteke and Jordan Henderson fit again. With all of them available for selection, and Daniel Sturridge coming back to full fitness, they just might save him his job."
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