Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool would struggle to find a better manager if he is sacked by the Anfield club.
The former Borussia Dortmund head coach recently celebrated his second anniversary on Merseyside, with the side enduring a difficult run in which they have won just once in seven matches in all competitions.
But Klopp, whose side are seven points off the top of the Premier League, is adamant that there is still plenty of work to be done and remains confident he is the man to take Liverpool forward, according to FourFourTwo.
"We are not the biggest difference from the top teams right now, even if it looks - from the points - a little bit different," the German told a pre-match news conference ahead of facing Manchester United."
"If I was to come in today as a new manager - this would be the situation - and everyone would give me time now to do the next step, that would be perfect."
"Unfortunately, if they sack me now, I don't think there are a lot of managers who would do the job better than I do."
"I still think that as long as 98 percent of Liverpudlians think we are the right way, we will succeed. It's difficult. The good old times, when one team dominated the league for 20 years, will not come back."
"I feel we are in the middle of everything. We are not at the start, but there's still a long way to go. I knew it before, so I'm not surprised about this," he added.
But having returned to Champions League football to Anfield in his first full season in charge, Klopp remains convinced Liverpool "are on a good way" and can compete with wealthier rivals. He would not be Liverpool manager, he insisted, if he suspected otherwise.
"In the moment when I think we cannot be successful, and there is only consolation, I go," Klopp said, as per the Guardian.
"Why should I be here as some kind of caretaker until the world creates a manager who can be more successful? That makes no sense. I am really convinced. Other managers have different ways to do it, other clubs have different ways to do it. We have our way."
"I don't think I am the perfect manager, I only think I am the perfect fit for this club. And I feel already much more responsible than maybe I should. I don't even think about going from my side or saying 'That's it'. I really think we are on the right way," he said.