Has Brendan Rodgers let slip that his job is under threat?

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Brendan Rodgers is coming under more pressure for Liverpool as they lost three games in a row for the first time since early 2012.

What a difference a few months makes for Liverpool. Just seven months ago, Brendan Rodgers was managing a side making their supporters dream of an improbable first league title since 1990.

Having been fifth at the turn of the year, Liverpool dropped just four points between January and the end of April - but then the title challenge unravelled.

Rodgers got lots of credit in the bank, though. The Reds returned to the Champions League for the first time in five years and proved that they could challenge for the title, even though they spent time away from Europe's premier competition, with the squad possibly suffering as a result.

But now, questions are being asked of the Liverpool manager. Their hopes of qualifying from the Champions League group stage are in the balance, and are currently 11th in the Premier League table, 15 points behind league leaders Chelsea. One big positive is that the Reds are in the quarter-finals of the League Cup as they go in search of their first trophy under Rodgers.

During that period, the Reds have lost a talismanic, if at times problematic, figure in Luis Suarez and nine players have signed for the club as they look to put themselves in a position to challenge on all fronts.

Now questions are being asked of the Liverpool manager after a poor start to the campaign - with several new signings yet to make the desired impact at Anfield.

Rodgers has been quoted in the Liverpool Echo, saying: “We have signed talented young players and I’m sure over the time – whether that’s with me here or not – they will show that they are very good players."

'Whether that's with me here or not' is a far cry from suggesting he wants to be at the club for many years to come. The Liverpool manager seems to know there are no guarantees. Even becoming the manager that was closest to delivering the Reds their first title in the Premier League era doesn't carry credit forever. There is, of course, the element that he may be a victim of his own success. 

It's far from relaxed at Liverpool at the moment. Supporters are on edge, Rodgers doesn't appear to be as happy as he was last season when conducting his media duties, and the reaction from supporters that greeted Philippe Coutinho's withdrawal from the action during Saturday's 2-1 loss to Chelsea will have worried the Liverpool manager.

He may be rated highly as a coach, and the start to this season may be something of a blip, but the Reds manager knows he needs to get results quickly. It's going to be a long couple of weeks for Liverpool during the international break as he tries to come up with a way to improve his side, and try to get his players to perform for the full 90 minutes as a unit.

On the other side of the coin, to be expecting the younger players like Emre Can, Lazar Markovic and Alberto Moreno to hit the ground running at exactly the same time would be a little unfair. At least two out of the three mentioned have shown a degree of that promise, whilst in Markovic there seems to be a player that sums up the side: talented but lacking in confidence.

Between now and the end of the calendar year could be huge in the context of both Liverpool's season and Brendan Rodgers' reign.

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