Brendan Rodgers claims he is a proven manager

Rodgers giving the thumbs himself
Rodgers giving the thumbs himself

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted he is a proven manager, even though he has yet to win a major trophy in his coaching career.

Rodgers relieved some of the pressure that has been mounting around him as Liverpool beat Aston Villa 3-2 on Saturday, but he is still fighting for his job heading into next weekend's Merseyside derby against Everton.

Yet Rodgers has not allowed his poor start to the season to affect his self-belief, as he proclaimed he has proved he can match the top managers in the game if he is given the chance to do so.

"Without being arrogant, I think I have shown in the early stages of my management that with a talented group of players I can compete at the top end of the league," he claims.

"I know how to manage top players. If you give me the tools, I'll do the work.

"There are very short memories in football. The team was eighth when I got here. We built a team to excite people throughout European football, that should have won the league."

"All the good work gets forgotten. That's how it works. It seems the focus has not been on what's gone on and what we've been missing, but more about getting me out of the club. That's sad."

Despite his side's win last Saturday, Rodgers is still one of the favourites to be the first Premier League manager sacked this season, as these latest odds confirm:

Dick Advocaat (Sunderland) 10/11

Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool) 15/8

Steve McClaren (Newcastle) 7/1

Tim Sherwood (Aston Villa) 12/1

Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) 14/1