Gerard Houllier admitted FA Cup defeat at Portsmouth has left him struggling to salvage his side’s season as well as his own reputation.

“I know I am going to get slaughtered but I do not feel under any more pressure now,” Houllier told the club’s official website.

“It’s not about me, it’s about the team. It has been a difficult season.

“We were without Michael Owen for three months. Other things have gone against us. It’s unfair to slaughter us.”

Liverpool lost 1-0 to Portsmouth in the fifth-round replay at Fratton Park; a result which increases the pressure on the under-fire boss.

“It’s a blow, we wanted to go to Cardiff.

“Now we must focus on the Uefa Cup and trying to get fourth place in the Premiership.”