Jurgen Klopp has said he is still Liverpool manager “because of the past” rather than his team’s current form.
Liverpool are in danger of their worst league finish under Klopp, whose team visit Chelsea on Tuesday, but his position is yet to come under scrutiny.
“If it was my first season it would be slightly different,” said the German.
“I’m aware of the fact that I’m sitting here because of the past, not because of what we did this season.”
Klopp, 55, has helped Liverpool win club football’s major honours during seven and a half years at Anfield, making him the longest-serving manager in the Premier League.
The Reds have lost their past three games in all competitions and are eighth in the league, the position they finished in 2015-16 – the season in which Klopp took over from previous manager Rodgers.
“We have smart owners, they know about the situation,” he added.
“There is no need [for me] to be afraid, I am here to deliver, I’m not here as a talisman or for murals on house walls.
“I know I’m still here because of what happened in the last few years.
“I don’t like the fact that I pretty much have to rely on that. Is it right or not? We’ll see in the future.”
Liverpool challenged Manchester City for the Premier League title in three of the previous four seasons, winning the club’s first top-flight title in 30 years in 2019-20.
However, they are 30 points behind current leaders Arsenal after Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at City.
With 11 games left, Klopp’s side are eight points off the Champions League qualification places.
“I’m fully in, there’s no doubt about that, but we have to sort it,” he said. “We cannot continue playing like we do from time to time. That’s not allowed.
“I’m really disappointed about us, that we do these kind of things, but it happened. Now we have to find a way out and that’s what we’re constantly working on.”
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