• Manager believes there is a campaign to get him sacked
• Frailties in the defence are still a worry for the club
Brendan Rodgers is the same but different. As his team have got worse, he has got better. There were contradictions in the Northern Irishman’s arguments but conviction to his sentiments. The man who won the Manager of the Year award 16 months ago believes it would be an injustice if he secures an unwanted victory in the sack race now. “I am the same guy who nearly won us the league, but better,” he said.
It is not so much Rodgers Mk2 as new improved Brendan, he suggested. Certainly his self-belief remains intact. A first win in seven games prompted Rodgers, in the manner of his best team, to launch a swift counterattack. Undaunted by a recent record showing seven defeats and only 16 goals in Liverpool’s last 16 league games, he presented his case for continued employment with idiosyncratic eloquence.
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