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Thursday 8 December 2016

Rodgers 'embarrassed'

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers offered an apology for an "embarrassing" 6-1 defeat at Stoke and despite it putting his future under more scrutiny insists he still has a lot to offer the club.

A run of eight points from their final nine matches saw the Reds drop to sixth, eight points off Champions League qualification - the target set by Fenway Sports Group at the beginning of the campaign.

Rodgers admits the shambolic performance at the Britannia Stadium, where his side found themselves five down at half-time, could be the final straw for FSG if they feel the need for change.

Asked if he understood the pressure was building on him the Northern Irishman said: "Yes, absolutely.

"I've always said that if the owners want me to go, then I go. It's as simple as that.

"For everybody connected with Liverpool, we are all embarrassed by that today.

"We have to be much better than that. They (the fans) deserve an apology.

Rodgers also took responsibility for dropping Raheem Sterling for the first time in 18 matches and leaving him on the bench for the entire 90 minutes.

Stoke blitzed their hosts in a 23-minute spell from the middle of the first half, with Mame Diouf (two), Jon Walters, Charlie Adam and Steven Nzonzi putting them 5-0 up before the break.

Substitute Peter Crouch rounded off the scoring late on after Steven Gerrard, on his 710th and last appearance for the club, scored a goal which brought the whole of the Britannia Stadium to its feet.

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