Rafael Benitez has shrugged off the growing pressure on his position at Liverpool and revealed the depths of the soul searching that has dominated his troubled squad.
With a crunch home clash with champions Manchester United to contend with on Sunday, it is not ideal for Liverpool to find themselves in such desperate circumstances.
But Benitez and his injury-ravaged side know they must produce something to lift the gathering gloom at Anfield.
"I am relaxed in terms of my position," the Spaniard insisted.
"I know how we are working every day, the players know too. In the past we have been very good and the situation and players has not changed too much.
"It is about confidence and winning that first game. If we want to change things we must focus on football and not what is going on off the pitch here."