Brendan Rodgers safe for now - but a win on Wednesday is a must

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

The Reds have had a poor start to the season, and suffered their fourth consecutive defeat yesterday against Crystal Palace. The BBC reports that the targets for the Reds this season were to qualify from their Champions League group and finish in the top four.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is not under any immediate threat from the sack after a poor start to the season. 

The Reds currently 12th in the Premier League having taken 14 points from their opening 12 matches, with yesterday's 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace bringing about a fourth consecutive defeat in all competitions - their worst run of form since 2009.

But the BBC reports that he has the backing of Tom Werner and John W Henry from the club's owners Fenway Sports Group - who set the target of the Reds finishing in the Champions League places this season, and getting out of their group in this season's competition. 

In order for them to do that, Brendan Rodgers must mastermind two victories from their remaining two games in the group, which would mean they'd finish second behind Real Madrid.

As it stands, the Reds are currently third in Group B - three points behind Basel in second place. On Wednesday night, Liverpool face Ludogorets in Sofia, the only side they have managed to score and win against in this season's competition, before entertaining Basel at Anfield two weeks later.

A win on Wednesday is a must not only for the Reds hopes of qualification, but in order to stop the rot and instil some confidence into a side that has clearly struggled so far this season, as they look to build some momentum.

The Reds have bemoaned the loss of Daniel Sturridge to injury, whilst the summer signings the club spent in excess of £100 million on have yet to click. The only positives of late for Rodgers seem to be that Rickie Lambert managed to get his first goal for the club in yesterday's humbling defeat to Palace, and that despite their poor start a Champions League place is achievable as they are five points off Manchester United in fourth place.

Overcoming Ludogorets would be crucial for Liverpool, but if they do get the result they desire, it must not be a false dawn. A performance to match would not go amiss, either.

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