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Rodgers - I don't fear the sack if Liverpool lose against Everton

Rodgers insists he is not entering the last chance saloon at Goodison Park
Rodgers insists he is not entering the last chance saloon at Goodison Park

Brendan Rodgers has insisted he has no concerns about his future as Liverpool manager ahead of Sunday's Merseyside derby against Everton.

Rodgers has come under fire again after his side failed to beat Swiss minnows Sion in the Europa League on Thursday night, but he has sounded a note of confidence ahead of his side's trip to Goodison Park.

“I am not worried, I am not worried and that is not being arrogant or having been given any assurances," he stated when asked about his fragile position at Liverpool.

“I will do my best with what I am working with and our notion is to win the game and that is for the weekend. It is rebuilding a group again, new players and going again.

“If we get a wee bit of luck, if we earn a bit of good fortune we can win the game."

Rodgers is convinced his team are starting to gel after a difficult start to the season, but he admits they need a finishing touch when taking their chances.

“There is a lack of quality and killer instinct in the final third, but in particular in these last four games we have had a bit more rhythm in our game and started to create more chances," added Rodgers.

“If we are going to concede bad goals, if we are going to make mistakes defensively that lead to bad goals then you have to score them. That was the story on Thursday, we didn’t take them.

“It is something that needs to improve and we are working hard to do that. It is a mixture of confidence, quality, composure.

“We have a number of players coming back into the team (against Everton) and we have shown in the last league game we have the ability to score and create goals again and that will be important going into that game.”

Despite his upbeat tone, Rodgers is firmly in the mix to be the first Premier League manager to be sacked this season in these latest odds from Paddy Power, which remarkably sees Chelsea's title winning boss of last season featuring prominently:

Dick Advocaat (Sunderland) 2/5

Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool) 11/4

Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) 12/1

Steve McClaren (Newcastle) 14/1

Tim Sherwood (Aston Villa) 18/1