He has also said he is not concerned about reports linking former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti with his position as “speculation” is normal in big clubs when the team is are not winning.
After kicking off the season with back-to-back 1-0 wins over Stoke and Bournemouth respectively, Liverpool have now gone four Premier League games without a win, leaving them 13th in table.
Rodgers, whose side scrapped through their Capital One Cup tie with Carlisle on penalties, returned to work as normal on Thursday and was the last senior member of the club’s coaching staff to leave their Melwood training base shortly before 6pm.
The Reds narrowly avoided League Cup embarrassment on Wednesday, only beating League Two Carlisle on penalties, and since then former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has been widely linked with Rodgers’ job.
“Any time is good to play Liverpool because it’s such a good experience to go to Anfield“, he added. I respect that the next 20 years may not be here. You take that as part and parcel of the game.
“I want to be a manager and the target in my own mind is to get to 1,000 games”.
This revelation will now send the rumour mill around Rodgers’ potential successors into overdrive. Positive fear. Every day you need to be at your best and when you come into here, into a club of this stature, that is always there. But it is something that does not frighten me.
“Maybe this is one of those little things that can just pull us together as we look forward to the weekend”.
“I hope to be a manager for another 20-odd years – and I accept that those 20 years probably won’t be at Liverpool“.
But Rodgers came out fighting in his press conference ahead of the visit of Aston Villa, which has taken on increased significance in the light of recent results. He managed AC Milan from 2001 to 2009, guiding them to two Champions League wins and a Series A League title in 2004. But the Northern Irishman insists he is enjoying the pressure of the job and believes this tricky period will help him in the long run.
Rodgers is also without Jordan Henderson after the captain recently underwent surgery for a broken metatarsal, being ruled out for about eight weeks. “Young Firmino landed awkwardly and may have cracked a bone in his back and Dejan Lovren will be out for a few weeks with ligament injury”.