Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers is confident he is still the man to lead Liverpool next season Getty

Brendan Rodgers believes there is no one else better placed to manage Liverpool than him. Despite leading the club to within two points of their first Premier League title in 25 years last term, the Reds have failed to maintain those standards this season.

A forgettable campaign was marked by their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Aston Villa on 19 April and while the club are still in the race for a top-four finish, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City stand in their way.

Jurgen Klopp's decision to part ways with Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season has inevitably sparked talk of the German coach taking on a new challenge in the Premier League, with Liverpool quickly being tipped as a possible destination.

And while Rodgers understands why managers of such calibre are linked with the job at Anfield, he feels he is the right choice to continue leading the club.

"At a club like Liverpool, there'll be many names mentioned, that's the marker of being at such a huge and respected club," he told a pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to West Bromwich Albion on 25 April.

"There's absolutely no problem if that happens, if you lose a couple of games, there'll always be people linked to the club."

When asked if he believes he will be in charge next season, he added: "Very much so, I don't think there's anyone better, that's the reality of it. Three months ago, I was a tactical genius, now I'm not. That's football and that's why I don't get too carried away when we win. I have a strong relationship with the owners."

Rodgers can help quell the questions being asked of his future with a positive result at the Hawthorns but his side will again have to do that without Daniel Sturridge, who has failed to recover from a hip injury.

Prior to Rodgers's press conference, Liverpool confirmed Jordan Henderson signed a new contract on 23 April, a deal that will reportedly keep him tied to the club until 2020.

And after seeing his vice-captain join Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho in signing new deals this season, Rodgers is hopeful the club can make a fourth announcement regarding Raheem Sterling's future soon.

He said: "With the likes of Jordan and Raheem, I've always said they have been very important players for us. It's important to the model of the club that they stay. Jordan will go on to the next phase. With Raheem coming into the team, hopefully we'll get that sorted soon."