The mounting pressure doesn't seem to have affected Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers after today's confident press conference.
Liverpool are still reeling from exiting the Champions League at the group stage and their Premier League campaign has been far from ideal.
The next game promises to be a tense one, even more so given that Liverpool are taking on rivals Manchester United and badly need to bounce back, but Rodgers seems full of confidence.
"The players are back in and working and it's our job as staff to lift that spirit. This is a group that is focused on performing well.
"It's a perfect game for us."
Some pundits are suggesting that Rodgers' job could be under threat if he doesn't turn things around soon, but the Anfield tactician didn't seem worried when facing the press today and insisted that relations with the owners are good.
"Our communication is open," Rodgers insisted.
"We spoke last night and it's about reinforcing what we've done well. But planning and keeping the club moving forward. That's the key objective for them.
"I am more determined to succeed here. We almost unexpectedly won the title [last year], and now the team has gone through a change. It's very similar to the first six months when were in transition and getting used to a way of working.
"We enjoyed the title race and we still have a long way go to go. For us we are looking to improve our performance level but really we want to improve on that."
While Rodgers gives the demeanour of a manager who believes in his side, he knows that he must back up his fighting talk with results.