Rodgers: I’m favourite to be sacked

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed that the club’s poor season so far has made him the favourite to be the next Premier League boss to lose his job, Goal.com has reported.

The Northern Irishman is in his third year in charge at Anfield, having led Liverpool to seventh place in 2013 and then an unexpected second place last time around, with the club coming extremely close to their first league title since 1990.

However, the sale of top striker Luis Suarez and a succession of injuries to fellow frontman Daniel Sturridge has seen the Reds struggle for consistency throughout the campaign so far, with the tempo of their game having slowed significantly.

Despite making several new signings in the summer, they are 12th in the Premier League and have a vital game ahead against Basel in the Champions League, with the five-time winners of the competition needing a win to make it through to the knockout stages.

And with his side having been heavily criticised for their results and performances, Rodgers admitted his job could be under threat. He said: “A few months ago I was manager of the year, now I’m tipped to get sacked. All I can focus on is what you can control.

“There’s a lot of time left, a big chunk of the season to go. We have been nowhere near what we would expect. We’re five points off the top four and the points total is the lowest it has been in the Premier League, so it tells you it is a unique league this year. Our objective, like last season, is fourth.”

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