Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is unconcerned by speculation over his position, but acknowledges that his side needs to improve ahead of Sunday’s clash with Manchester United.
After four successive defeats to Fiorentina, Chelsea, Sunderland and Lyon, Benitez has come under severe scrutiny, despite co-owner George Gillett offering a vote of confidence.
Former Germany and Bayern Munich chief Jurgen Klinsmann has long been linked with a role at Anfield, while recent rumours suggest that former Liverpool player, manager and current ambassador for the club, Kenny Dalglish, could make a return to the dugout.
However, Benitez says he remains relaxed about his position.
“I am really relaxed in terms of my position because I know how we work on the pitch every day,” he told Sky Sports News. “The players know in the past we were doing really good things.
“We are not changing too much. It is a question of confidence and we have to improve just by winning the first game.”
The Spaniard recognises his team needs to rediscover their winning ways, but he is optimistic that confidence will return when the side records another win.
“At this moment we know that we have to improve, we have to win. It is a question of time,” Benitez added.
“I’m sure that winning the first game, everything will change. This game against United could be the right opportunity for us because it is a massive game against the rivals.
“The fans will be behind the team from the first minute to the last minute so that can change everything.
“(We must) keep working hard and have a little bit of luck on the pitch. The other day, against Lyon, we were winning 1-0 and had two or three chances but could not score the second goal.
“After that we lost in the last minute so sometimes you have to play better, that is clear. We need to still work hard, like the players are doing, and have a little bit of luck.”
Benitez does not believe off-field discussions about the ownership of the club has had any bearing on results, adding when asked about the subject: “Not really.
“If we want to change the situation now, it has to be focused on the football. We cannot be worried about what happens outside the pitch.”