posted at 18:50
Author Name: Steven Griffiths
Rodgers under pressure to lift shattered Liverpool
Rodgers' team hit a new low in an already troubled campaign at rain-lashed Selhurst Park on Sunday as they crashed to a third successive loss in the Premier League. With Liverpool's season teetering on the brink of a full-blown crisis, Reds manager Rodgers acknowledged he will start to hear more criticism and calls for his sacking unless he can reverse the downward spiral immediately. "I can only do my best and fight even harder and take responsibility. Any pressure now comes on to me. It's my responsibility as a manager to pick the best team that I think can win the game." The hangover from their unsuccessful title bid, combined with the departure of star striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona and the injury problems suffered by England forward Daniel Sturridge, have left Liverpool a shadow of the team that played in such vibrant style last season. Rodgers' new signings have so far struggled to adapt to his system and the Liverpool boss conceded his players are short of confidence and unity at present. "We were nowhere near the levels we would expect. You saw a team with no confidence," Rodgers said. An anonymous display from England winger Raheem Sterling summed up Liverpool's underwhelming efforts of late and, with a crucial Champions League tie at Ludogorets Razgrad looming on Wednesday, Rodgers has to work fast to rebuild his squad's belief. "Raheem is a mirror of the team at the moment. It's a difficult time and so his confidence and intensity isn't so high," Rodgers said.

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