Brendan Rodgers on pressure, Danny Ings, injury update on key players

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has addressed the media ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash against Aston Villa

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has accepted that there was always going to be speculation surrounding his job when results dip - after a week which has seen both Jurgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti linked as potential replacements in the Anfield hotseat, by the likes of Metro.

Rodgers says he has been in regular contact with the club's owners and has a message for the fans, urging them to stick with the team as they try and turn their faltering season around - with the Reds without a win in 90 minutes from their last six games in all competitions. 

He told reporters, including those of the Liverpool Echo: "I have regular contact with owners and that relationship is strong. No matter how much longer I'm here, I'll have huge respect for them.

"The pressure is huge but I embrace that challenge. I respect that we need to get results. One win and we're back around the top four.

"I don't shy away from the fact that you need to get results, and on top of that you need strong performances to stay in work.

"I'd ask the fans to keep faith with the team. To stay with the team who are working tirelessly every day."

Rodgers confirmed that Daniel Sturridge will return to the squad after missing the League Cup tie with Carlisle in midweek, and says there is no timescale on the return of Christian Benteke, who sustained a hamstring injury in the draw with Norwich City last weekend.

As a result, Danny Ings is due to start for the Reds again after scoring two goals in his last two appearances, with the forward establishing himself as a fans' favourite at Anfield. He has also managed to impress his boss as well.

Rodgers added: "I've been very happy with his contribution since he came in here. What he's done is grab the opportunity."

Roberto Firmino is due to have a second scan on a back injury he picked up against Carlisle, with Rodgers fearing that he may have cracked a bone after landing awkwardly, while Dejan Lovren is expected to be sidelined for several weeks after being stretchered off with an ankle injury.

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