Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he feared the possibility that he could be sacked while the club were struggling during the first half of the season, Sky Sports has reported.
The Reds were struggling for performances and results both domestically and in Europe from the beginning of the season up until Christmas, which led to them occupying a mid-table spot in the Premier League and slipping out of the Champions League in disappointing fashion at the group stage.
But since then, Rodgers has overseen a transformation which has seen last season’s runners-up emerge as top four contenders, not losing in the league since December 14 at Manchester United. This run has coincided with a change of formation, with the Northern Irishman having adopted an unfamiliar 3-4-3 to get the best out his squad.
Victory over Burnley on Wednesday evening could move the club into a Champions League qualification spot should other results go their way, and ahead of that clash Rodgers has reflected on how he felt his days at Anfield could have been numbered when results were not going their way earlier on in the campaign.
“It (the previous formation) wasn’t working. We had a huge challenge, probably the biggest I have had as a coach or manager,” he said. “We had no identity and everyone could see it. We just weren’t the team I had built over a couple of years, certainly created the identity with the way we played.
“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. That’s what I am, an innovative coach, and I needed to find a way to make us play better.”
“I certainly wasn’t going to roll over and die. I will always fight for my life. After the Palace game (a 3-1 defeat in November) in particular, I felt it doesn’t matter how much support you have, the team is not functioning and it could not go on really.’
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