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Rodgers: I'm Not Dead Yet!

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The Twittersphere was abuzz last night with in the know rumo(u)rs about Brendan Rodgers being fired in the morning, with your choice of Jurgen Klopp/Carlos Ancelotti taking his place. Well, no one told Rodgers, who showed up to answer all the questions about his eventual demise in his pre-Villa presser.

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Things are not going well for Brendan Rodgers. After two narrow and controversial 1-0 wins to start the season, he's now had 6 consecutive matches without a full-time victory. The club has failed to score more than 1 goal in its last 11 competitive matches, dating back to a 2-1 win over soon-to-be relegated QPR in May.

The questions of "Should Rodgers go?" have been replaced with "When will Rodgers go?" and "Who will replace him?" Sadly, even the eternally (often frustratingly) optimistic Rodgers seems resigned to his impending doom, as per his pre-match press conference.

"I have regular contact with the owners and the relationship has always been strong and in all fairness whatever happens here, whether I'm here for one day more, one month more or one year I will always have the utmost respect for the owners.

"I hope to be a manager for 20 years. I know it won't be 20 years here but while here I want to fight for the club and the players."

Twenty years is a tall order for a manger many thought unlikely to even be at this pre-match presser. Without some rapid, vastly improved performances--starting tomorrow--a change seems increasingly likely.

Rodgers even took the time to address the question of the circulating Big Name™ managers currently rumored to be in line for his job, albeit dismissively:

"In terms of the names, when you are a manager and in particular manager of a club of this size, there is always going to be speculation of your job.

"Since I've been here I think there have been about 10 managers linked with the job.

Although things seem impossibly gloomy now for Liverpool supporters, Rodgers did have some words of wisdom to share about continuing to support the lads with the liver bird on their chests:

"Keep faith in the team and the players.

"It's not about me. The players are working tirelessly.

"It is an honest group. Stay with the team. In this early period it will only take a couple of results to turn it around."

Whatever your feelings about Rodgers, this is a message we all can, and should, get behind.