Liverpool boss claims he feels no pressure

Liverpool are out of the Champios League and face a struggle to finish in the top four in the Premier League this season.

“I don’t feel under pressure. I am disappointed for the season but we can still fight and still improve,” he said.

“Against Portsmouth we have to prove this determination and then afterwards against Lille.

“We know the season is not good enough. Every game will be important and the next one against Portsmouth is the most important as we try to get close to the top four.

“It is clear we cannot lose too many points so we have to start winning, beginning with this game.

“We know every game has to be like this but we have to have a good mentality to approach games in this way.

“Then we can go forward and start thinking about the Europa League when we have a ‘cup final’ against Lille. Every game in a knockout competition is like a final. That is the way.”

“We were improving in the last few games and we were stronger and defensively more solid and difficult to beat,” he added.

“And then Wigan was a surprise for us but the reaction has been positive and hopefully we can carry on in this way.

“I think we saw we had some character (against Lille). To play against these type of teams who are quick, you could see we were strong.

“It was a good example of the way we want to play, not just the game, but the mentality, the attitude of the players.

“At Anfield, with the fans behind the players we will see a better reaction and the fans will see that.

“I am sure if we can play with this intensity we can beat anyone.”