Brendan Rodgers says he's the right man for Liverpool after poor week

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers addressed the media ahead of this weekend's game with West Bromwich Albion.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said plans are well underway to take steps to improve the side after a disappointing FA Cup exit in the semi-final to Aston Villa.

Rodgers says the club are currently 'on a par' in terms of their ability and position in the domestic game in the moment, as they currently sit in fifth place and reached the semi-finals of both of the domestic cup competitions this season, but he hasn't given up hope of finishing in the top four with the side seven points behind Manchester City having played a game less.

He told reporters at his pre-match press conference: "We want to finish the season strong, and bring momentum into the next season.

"We have to be there and fighting [for the top four]. These games are very important for us."

Reflecting on the disappointment of last weekend - which has seen the side's performance criticised by the media and fans of the club - he admitted he was surprised that Liverpool didn't turn up.

He added: "The performance on the day was well below what we've seen here.

"You have to reflect, analyse where we can get better - but we've got to move on and get ready for a big weekend."

Rodgers was asked about his own position with speculation fuelled about his job being under threat. Following on from a season that saw the Reds narrowly miss out on the title, Liverpool have disappointed in the Champions League and in the Premier League, and Rodgers has no trophy to show for his time in charge so far.

The Liverpool boss insisted he was the best man for the job, saying: "Three months ago I was a 'tactical genius'.

"That is football, that's what happens. I feel the same way as I did back then.

"I've got a strong relationship with the owners. They understand that this was going to be a process, this isn't a group of ready-made players that is used to winning.

"But of course, we want to be better next season."

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