Alex McLeish acknowledges that it is a precarious time in Aston Villa's season.

The West Midlands club sit 15th on the Premier League table but have taken just five points from their past seven outings to be just five clear of the relegation zone.

Ahead of tomorrow's trip to Liverpool, McLeish is well aware that a positive performance against a team also under the pump is required to help keep the dreaded 'R' word at bay.

"There's pressure on everybody. I know what Kenny (Dalglish) will be feeling. I know Liverpool are 11 players with two legs - the same as everybody else," he said.

"That's why we should not have any fear going to Anfield. At the same time you would be thinking that Kenny will be looking for a reaction from their players.

"As I say, everybody is under pressure regardless of whether they are in the top half of the table or the bottom.

"From now until the end of the season, every single manager, every single player, will be under pressure at some time, without doubt."

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