Danny Ings admits Liverpool are “going through a sticky patch”, but insists the players are “determined” to relieve the pressure on Brendan Rodgers.
The Liverpool boss has come under increasing pressure following a run that has seen them fail to win any of their last four Premier League games, with our article insisting Rodgers must be judged at the end of the season.
Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup tie against Carlisle didn’t ease matters with the League Two side taking Liverpool to a penalty shootout, before Adam Bogdan emerged the hero.
Ings admits Saturday’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa at Anfield is “huge” on the back of a wretched run of results.
“The manager has been exactly the same from when I first came in,” Ings told the Liverpool Echo.
“We’ve gone through a sticky patch as a team but it is just important for us now to start winning games and go on a run for him.
“As players you just approach every game the same as before all this. It is about us as a team winning games, and that is all we can do for the manager.
“It is important that we get wins under our belt for him and for us so we can move forward.
“All you need to look at is the chances we are creating. You can just sense there is a big result around the corner.
“I can certainly feel it playing in the side and I am sure the lads feel the same as well. I think things are going to turn for us now.”
Ings has repaid Rodgers’ faith in him with goals against both Norwich and Carlisle.
Now the former Burnley frontman wants to fire Liverpool up the table with victory over Tim Sherwood’s Villa, who haven’t won in the league themselves since the opening day of the season.
“It’s a huge game,” Ings added.
“We are at home in front of our fans. It’s massive but you approach it the same way with the same mentality and same style as any other game.
“I scored a couple against Villa last season – a header and a penalty. If I get the nod, I will work my socks off to try to get some more goals and help the team.
“I’m grateful for the opportunities the manager has given me. I’ll keep my head down and work as hard as I can for him, the team and the fans.”