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Brendan Rodgers on Ludogorets, his future and negative results


Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says bottom-of-the-table Ludogorets Razgrad should not be underestimate.

The Reds face the Bulgarians knowing that three points are a must if they are to keep their hopes of reaching the next round of the Champions League alive.

"We have great respect for Ludogorets," Rodgers said.

"They have surprised a lot of people in the group. They maybe haven't got the points they would have liked but they've shown with their performances they are technically a very good side.

"We arrive here with big motivation. We have some outstanding players and will do everything we possibly can to get a result."

The Northern Irishman came under heavy fire after Liverpool's defeat at Crystal Palace in the weekend but insists his job is not at risk.

"I haven't spoken to the owners but I've had a few messages," the manager said.

"They have always been supportive of me and that's a big reason I came to the club. My focus is on getting Liverpool to win games. I know that's what will make them the most happy.

"When you don't have so much coaching time it's mostly psychological what you are trying to achieve.

"I never dwell too much on the past, for us it's about the present.

"You get confidence into players by talking with them and ensuring the environment at the training ground is still a happy place to be. Mentally, you can affect the players in a positive way.

"I'm trying to get the team back up to level of confidence which will allow us to perform.

"Losing can be the making of you, as a player and as a manager. It's about how you respond and learn from that and ultimately move on.

"In my job as one of the pillars of the football club, no matter how disappointed you are the players looking at you for that response and ability to motivate.

"I never dwell too much on past mistakes, I look forward. It's a critical role to get us out of this slump we're in.

"Sometimes just one game, one moment, can change a season for you. We have to believe that can happen.

"We haven't been anywhere near our level of late but we can never give up.

"We will keep fighting and working in the belief that the honesty and commitment of the group will get us the results."

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