As Liverpool prepares for the short walk across Stanley Park to take on Everton in Sundays Merseyside derby, embattled Reds boss Brendan Rodgers says he is not worried about his future should Liverpool get beaten by Roberto Martinez’s team.
The 42-year-olds position at Anfield has come under threat following yet another poor start to the season, but Rodgers is not letting all the speculation about his job being in jeopardy as he is sure with his credentials he would not be out of work for long.
When asked if he feared for his job should Liverpool lose Rodgers said: “No, no, not at all, not at all.
“We will go into the game with every notion to perform and win well. If we get a wee bit of luck, if we earn a bit of good fortune, we can win the game.
“I am not worried and that is not being arrogant, or having been given any assurances. I will do my best with what I am working with and our notion is to win the game.
“It is about rebuilding a group again, new players and going again.”
These comments follow suggestions that Ajax manager Frank de Boer is looking to move to England after being asked if he was interested in taking over either Newcastle or Liverpool.
“They are fantastic clubs,” said De Boer. “Liverpool and Newcastle, with supporters behind them, it is a fantastic environment to coach but this year it is important for me to do well at Ajax and then we will see.”
Meanwhile Everton, who are a point above their neighbours in the Premier League table, has manager Roberto Martinez claiming that Liverpool must be favourites following the spending spree Rodgers has been on since taking over from Kenny Dalglish, adding that the pressure Rodgers was under came with the job.
“If you look at the amount of money that Liverpool have spent in the last three seasons, then clearly they need to be favourites and carry the expectation,” said Martinez.
Rodgers responded, saying: “We will always take the favourite tag. It just shows you’re a big club.”