Rodgers not under threat of sack at Liverpool despite poor form

Brendan Rodgers’ position as Liverpool manager is not under threat despite the former Swansea City boss emulating the points-to-games tally that saw Roy Hodgson sacked and replaced by Kenny Dalglish, the Daily Mirror has reported.

Liverpool have racked up 25 points from their first 19 league games under Rodgers, while Hodgson’s time at Anfield was brought to an end with Liverpool picking up 25 points from 20 games, meaning defeat to Queens Park Ranger at Loftus Road at the weekend would leave Liverpool at the same juncture that saw Hodgson’s tenure terminated.

Rodgers however will not suffer the same fate as the now-England manager – indeed, the club’s owner, John W. Henry, is ready to sanction the spending of £18m on Daniel Sturridge and Thomas Ince, a show of faith that the American never afforded Hodgson, the Mirror adds.

Hodgson lacked support from fans, had made unsuccessful signings, produced poor performances and results and did not have the support of the dressing room, the newspaper claims, leading Henry to act. Rodgers however does not have those marks against his name.

Having lost to Stoke City on Boxing Day, Liverpool are 10th in the table, eight points adrift of fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur, the same number short of local rivals Everton, and also West Bromwich Albion, who, in sixth, hold what could be the final European qualification place come the end of the season.

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