The Reds have had their worst start to a campaign in 100 years with just two points from their opening four matches and it does not get any easier with arch-rival Manchester United heading to Anfield this weekend.
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"I can understand why people would perceive us as not taking it seriously but I will always do what is in the best interests of the football club," said Rodgers.
"There is no doubt the Premier League is our number one priority, I've made that clear from the off with the position with our squad.
"I look at Real Madrid v Manchester City last night and
"If I lose some of my key players that can make it very difficult for us for the next two or three months.
"There were parts of the game against Arsenal (after its Europa League play-off last month) where we were a bit leggy so we have to make sure we are all firing for Sunday.
"No matter what the perception is I know in my own mind I've brought a team here which has a mixture of experience and talented young players.
"I am fully aware that when you pull on a Liverpool shirt you are expected to win the games so I've brought a team I believe can win the game."
Rodgers is effectively gambling with the Europa League in an attempt to safeguard Liverpool's league form, a decision brought about more out of necessity than design.
The Northern Irishman's northern summer recruitment was not extensive and so he does not have that many options and the difficult start to the season has compounded matters.
It means he is putting faith in the likes of players who have been in the youth and reserve set-up for a while without having forced themselves into the first team.
However, Rodgers remains confident they can do a job for him alongside the more senior players.
"You never actually know about young players until you actually put them in this situation but we have a good mixture as well," he added.
"We have experienced international players and some very talented youngsters so I'm very much looking forward to the game.
"I've brought young players who I feel, from what I've seen in the early part of the season, can come in and contribute."
While the youngsters are just looking for a chance to earn a longer stay in the squad Rodgers insists some of the more senior players can still stake a claim for this weekend's clash against United.
He accepts, however, it is more about keeping them sharp enough to be able to slot in when needed.
"They are going to be up to speed in terms of games as the Europa League gives them chance to play.
"There is no question why they can't be involved at the weekend.
"The idea is for the squad to be small as it keeps players who are just on the outside the motivation that they still have an opportunity."
UEFA Europa League
UEFA has confirmed that the winners of the Europa League will earn a place in the Champions League from 2015.