Brendan Rodgers has admitted he feared for his Liverpool future after watching his side suffer an embarrassing defeat to Crystal Palace in November.
The 3-1 loss at Selhurst Park made it four consecutive defeats in all competitions, and left the Reds just four points above the relegation zone.
Liverpool have turned things around since, with just one defeat in 18 league matches, and progression to the quarter finals of the FA Cup.
Rodgers side currently sit just two points outside the top four heading into tonight’s game with Burnley, although the Reds boss has admitted he was unsure as to whether he would be afforded the time to turn it around.
‘After that Palace game I felt that it doesn’t matter how much support you have, the team is not functioning and it could not go on really,’ said Rodgers.
‘But I certainly wasn’t going to roll over and die. I will always fight for my life. I love it here and I want to be successful here.
‘I understood the situation. My experience at Reading told me that. That’s what I learned from my sacking there. I went in to Reading with the full backing of the chairman, who was great to me, and I got 20 games.
‘Even though it was a three-year project and they wanted me there and I was the guy who knew the club more than anyone, I got the sack after 20 games. Funnily enough it had just started to pick up but they lost their patience.
‘What I learned was it does not matter how much support you have in the boardroom, from the directors, the executives, you have to get results and you have to win.
‘I needed to make decisions that would allow us to get back to somewhere near what we had been and the transformation of the team, with everyone talking about the system and how dynamic it is, has been good to see. I should have done it earlier!’