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Wednesday 28 September 2016

i'm the man for the job

'I don't think there is anyone better for Liverpool' insists Rodgers amid Klopp rumour

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists there is no-one better to lead the club despite a disappointing end to the season prompting questions about his future.

A dismal FA Cup semi-final exit to Aston Villa last weekend, after back-to-back defeats to Arsenal and Manchester United derailed their top-four chances, led to speculation about the Northern Irishman's tenure - particularly in light of the availability of Juergen Klopp who leaves Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

Sunday's Wembley reverse meant Rodgers became the first Liverpool manager since Phil Taylor in 1959 to not win a trophy in his first three years in charge.

However, the 42-year-old, is adamant there is no-one who could replace him.

"I don't think there is anyone better for Liverpool, that is the reality of how I see it," he said.

"Whenever you are at a club like Liverpool you will have many names mentioned.

"There is absolutely no problem with that, it is something that happens all the time if you lose a couple of games. You had former managers linked with the job before and that will continue.

"Three months ago I was a tactical genius and performing to a good level and we lost a couple of games, some important games, and maybe were not so good but I feel the same now with what I did back then.

"I have a strong relationship with the owners and the partnership who run the club. They understand. I've not taken over a machine that was winning trophies for 10 years.

"That is something we are clear on but of course we want to be better next year."

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