Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri remains optimistic about his position despite last night’s defeat to Liverpool which raised question marks about his future at the club.

The 1-0 home defeat to Liverpool – CChelsea’s third in their last five league matches – saw the big-spending Premmier League club fall further behind rivals Arsenal and Manchester United in the the title race and inevitably increases the pressure on Ranieri.

After the game, Ranieir held talks with the club’s billionaire owner Roman Abramaovic but the Italian insisted his future was safe.

“It was the same as after every match, we have a meeting,” said Ranieri.

“I was in another interview, then I came back and he was in the dressing-room with the players, but don’t worry – you will still see me tomorrow and for a long time yet.”

“This period is not good for us but I said ‘well done’ to my players as they gave their maximum in this game.

“We lost but we played our best. I am not happy with our results but I’m not worried.

“There isn’t any team that can stay at a high level for 11 months. When we were at the top of the table, I said it was not important, that we had to continue to build.

“It’s easy for people to say that we are fighting for the title. I’m fighting to build a team. Do I still believe there is patience to do that here? Yes.”