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Rodgers insists he's under no pressure to prove owners got right man

Published 17/11/2012 | 05:00

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers does not feel he has to prove the club got the right man when Wigan's Roberto Martinez arrives at Anfield.

The Spaniard was in the running to take over from Kenny Dalglish and cut short a family holiday to meet Reds principal owner John Henry over the summer.

Martinez still maintains he was offered the job and turned it down – Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre insists Rodgers was their first choice – but that is of little consequence to the current incumbent.

"I have a lot of respect for Roberto," said Rodgers. "He is a guy who has been at the top of the game now for a few years in this country. Our philosophies are along the same lines. I don't know if he was close to getting it or not, but it is a game that is purely about us getting the points."

Rodgers took heart from the point his side earned in a 1-1 draw at Chelsea in their last outing.

"We have shown great resilience to come back like we did last weekend without playing particularly well, but it is important we win games, especially at home," he said.

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Liverpool's home record, and not just under Rodgers, is an issue in itself. Just three league victories have been registered at Anfield in 2012, with just one of those coming this season.

Only six points have been accrued from a possible 18 at home – on the road they have a similar total from five games – and Rodgers knows it is a record which has to change.

"The point is no good at Stamford Bridge if we don't win (at home)," he added. "The players are giving everything in the games, they are pressing and working very well and they just need a bit of luck and that touch of confidence."

Only one point separates the 13th-placed Reds from today's opponents, who are unbeaten in their last five against Liverpool including a 2-1 victory at Anfield back in March.

The Latics experienced an upturn in their results, which ultimately saved them from relegation, after Martinez switched to a 3-4-3 formation to make his side more attacking.

"They have beaten Tottenham and Southampton away this season and it's going to be tough: we've got evidence of that from last year when they came to Anfield and won," Rodgers said.

Rodgers has also had cause to tinker with his formation in the last few weeks, also employing a back three on occasions.

"It is a great credit to the players in terms of their flexibility," said the Northern Irishman. "It is something we can always look at. I'll always look at tactics to win games."

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