Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers feels his side are facing a different challenge compared to last year but is quietly confident that things will improve soon.

Brendan Rodgers admits Liverpool have to improve their domestic form ahead of Saturday’s home game against Stoke City. Liverpool slumped to their third straight defeat against Crystal Palace last weekend and conceded a late equalizer against Ludogorets on Wednesday in the Champions League. The Reds boss is under huge pressure but has shrugged off criticism and is looking forward to turning things around after a disappointing start to the season.

“It’s football. A few months ago I was Manager of the Year, now I’m favourite to get the sack,” Rodgers said.

“It’s part and parcel of this wonderful life of working in football. There is short-termism.All I can do is focus on the immediate job and what I can control. It’s about working with the players and providing even more clarity for them in terms of the function of the team.”

“It’s a different challenge. Everything has been hunky dory for the past 18 months. It’s a different deck of cards we have this year. It’s a different hand. We just need to focus on the now.”

“I’ve said to the players what has happened before this season has gone. We haven’t had a good run but let that be the making of us. In sport you get the chance to go again.”

“We got the result the other night against Ludogorets, a good performance, we were competitive, worked well, the structure of the team was good and we take that into a difficult game against Stoke.”

Former Liverpool keeper Bruce Grobbelaar recently criticized the team and claimed that Rodgers had only three weeks to save his job but the Liverpool manager refused to comment on this.

“I read very little of what gets said. Everyone these days will have an opinion whether it’s a former player or a supporter. Some people are paid to be critical, some aren’t.”

“Obviously, you don’t forget the support, especially in difficult moments.”

“I am only thankful I’ve got guys here, former players like Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler, Kenny (Dalglish), legends of the club, who are unequivocal in their support win, lose or draw.”

“Steve McManaman, these guys, they see the difficult moments we are in but are 100% behind what we’re doing. I tend to focus more on these guys who are real supporters of the club and want the club to do well.My focus will always be on the players and making them be the best they can be. I know qualities we need to succeed.”