Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted he lived in fear of the sack in the early days of his Anfield tenure.
Klopp has moulded his side into arguably the best in the world, with Liverpool having been crowned world and European champions in the past 10 months before taking a mammoth lead at the top of the Premier League.
The Reds were 25 points ahead of champions Manchester City when football was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, and need just two more wins to secure the club's first top-flight title in 30 years.
But Klopp has said he knew he needed time to build his team – and admitted he felt the pressure to convince the club's owners Fenway Sports Group.
"It was clear we cannot fix it overnight. Everyone wanted that but we couldn't so I had to ask for time, I knew," Klopp said on Sky Sports' Football Show.
"Before that in my career I never got the sack so I had no experience with that, but I knew then it was a different level, and if I can't deliver here quick enough, then I will get the sack.
"We got that time and the nice thing is that after six, seven, eight games, they were really positive about the situation, they realised we were on the right path. From that moment they didn't question it one second."
Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers in 2019, and led Liverpool to three finals in three years without picking up a trophy.
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