BRENDAN RODGERS has warned his inconsistent squad they are in danger of playing themselves out of a future at Liverpool FC.
And the Anfield manager concedes progress has been slower than anticipated as he aims for a stronger second half to the season.
Liverpool’s dismal Boxing Day defeat at Stoke City has once again turned the spotlight on Rodgers’ underachieving squad, who have now won three and lost three of their last six games.
It has left the Anfield outfit, who visit rock-bottom Queens Park Rangers tomorrow, languishing in mid-table, eight points adrift of the Champions League qualification places.
And Rodgers revealed a failure to improve that position could prove costly for members of the squad.
“To play for a club like this there are certain requirements that you need and they're not all just technical or tactical,” said the Liverpool manager.
“You can't have a good game at Liverpool Football Club and then three days later have a poor game.
“This is every game of your life, this is Liverpool. You play well in one game on a Saturday and then you have to play well the next game.
“Then three days later you have another match and you have to be at the top of your game.
“You have to do that for years because that's why you're at a big club. I have had some time to assess that because of the real smallness of the group. That's part of the job, a big part of the job.
“It's not easily solved because it's not like maybe other sports where you can just tell someone 'that's it' and show them the door. It's a club that pays big money.”