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Brendan Rodgers: If Liverpool's owners 'want me to go, then I go. It's as simple as that'

Carl Markham

Published 24/05/2015 | 18:24

Liverpool's Manager Brendan Rodgers during the Barclays Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke. Dave Howarth/PA Wire.
Liverpool's Manager Brendan Rodgers during the Barclays Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke. Dave Howarth/PA Wire.
File photo dated 22-02-2015 of Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho scoring his teams first goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at St Mary's, Southampton. Chris Ison/PA Wire.
Football - Stoke City v Liverpool - Barclays Premier League - Britannia Stadium - 24/5/15 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Action Images via Reuters / Ed Sykes

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers offered an apology for an "embarrassing" 6-1 defeat at Stoke and despite it putting his future under more scrutiny insists he is still has a lot to offer the club.

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A run of eight points from their final nine matches saw the Reds drop to sixth, eight points off Champions League qualification - the target set by owners Fenway Sports Group at the beginning of the campaign.

Rodgers admits the shambolic performance at the Britannia Stadium, where his side found themselves five down at half-time, could be the final straw for FSG if they feel the need for change.

Read more here: Potters hit Liverpool for six  

Stoke ensured Steven Gerrard's final game for Liverpool was a forgettable experience
Stoke ensured Steven Gerrard's final game for Liverpool was a forgettable experience
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Liverpool's Steven Gerrard fires in what could possibly be his last goal for Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke. P Dave Howarth/PA Wire.
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Asked if he understood the pressure was building on him the Northern Irishman said: "Yes, absolutely.

"I've always said that if the owners want me to go, then I go. It's as simple as that.

"But I still feel I've got a lot to offer the club. A lot has happened this year which has made the job difficult but I totally understand that.

"Last season, when things were working well, we had the support of everyone but performances like today do not help that and I fully understand that.

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"For everybody connected with Liverpool, we are all embarrassed by that today.

"We have to be much better than that. They (the fans) deserve an apology.

"They were angry at half time - and rightly so - because that was awful, absolutely awful.

Read more here: Liverpool say goodbye to Steven Gerrard with their biggest league defeat in 52 years  

"The only way you'll get support from them is by winning games, and we haven't won enough games.

"They have every right to be angry and frustrated and of course I take full responsibility for that as the manager."

Read more here: Steven Gerrard mocked on Twitter as Liverpool concede five to Stoke in 45 minutes  

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