Midway in the direction of ending a 29-year wait to win the Premier League, the following seven days will take a look at Liverpool’s title credentials to the fullest, beginning with Arsenal’s go to to Anfield on Saturday.
Then on January 3, they go to Manchester Metropolis for an additional crunch match, that has the makings of a title decider.
Liverpool, nonetheless, have a bonus, as they’ve margin for error with a six-point lead on the high of the desk.
Tottenham are Liverpool’s closest challengers with Metropolis slipping down to 3rd and 7 factors adrift after three defeats of their final 4 league video games.
That’s greater than the six factors Liverpool have dropped all season as far as Jurgen Klopp’s males stay unbeaten.
“What we mentioned as properly is that we need to create our personal historical past. We’re the primary Liverpool staff within the Premier League to be unbeaten in 19 matches –- slightly historical past and a pleasant step,” mentioned Klopp after a 4-Zero thrashing of Newcastle on Boxing Day.
Far more important historical past awaits, significantly if Liverpool are nonetheless unbeaten come the top of a frantic festive interval.
“We’ve got to win our video games, we now have to be centered, we have to be actually within the temper with having tunnel imaginative and prescient,” added Klopp. “That’s actually essential after which we’ll see the place it leads us.”
Arsenal are one in every of three sides to have held the league leaders in a 1-1 attract November and comprise the attacking potential within the Premier League’s top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette to hassle a Liverpool facet that has conceded simply seven objectives this season.
“There are two powerful video games now: Arsenal and Man Metropolis. We have to hold this momentum,” mentioned defender Dejan Lovren.
“We’ve got huge character within the squad. If you wish to be on the high, you must have the successful mentality and the calmness.”
Metropolis will he hoping for Liverpool to lastly cede some floor except the champions will discover themselves 10 factors off the highest once they kick off at a revitalised Southampton underneath Ralph Hasenhuettl on Sunday.
“The much less essential problem is Liverpool, we now have to consider Southampton,” insisted Pep Guardiola after defeat at Leicester.
“I don’t neglect who we’re, how good a staff we’re, how distinctive these lads I’ve within the locker room are.
“The fact is we now have misplaced three in 4 video games and the final two. If you wish to be actual contenders it’s a must to win once more. In case you don’t, it won’t be potential.”
Nonetheless, Guardiola did ship a warning to Liverpool that’s a lot more durable to deal with the tag of title favourites as Metropolis did final season and till their current hunch this marketing campaign.
“From January, February final season individuals mentioned, ‘The Premier League is over’. To dwell with that’s not simple,” added the Catalan.
Tottenham have largely managed to flee the main target of consideration as title contenders, however can now not be ignored after smashing 11 objectives of their final two video games to thrash Everton 6-2 and Bournemouth 5-0.
“The season is incredible the place from the start, nobody believed a lot in us,” mentioned Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, whose facet host Wolves on Saturday.
“We have to put together not solely bodily but additionally our minds to be sturdy as a result of it’s going to be powerful to compete within the second half of the season.”
Manchester United have a fantastic probability to proceed their revival underneath Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when a Bournemouth facet which have misplaced eight of their final 10 video games go to Outdated Trafford.
Recent from scoring eight objectives in victories over Cardiff and Huddersfield, United’s attacking choices may very well be additional boosted by the returns of Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial from damage and sickness.
Fixtures (1500 GMT except said)
Brighton v Everton, Fulham v Huddersfield, Leicester v Cardiff, Tottenham v Wolves, Liverpool v Arsenal (1730)
Crystal Palace v Chelsea (1200), Southampton v Manchester Metropolis, Burnley v West Ham (each 1415), Manchester United v Bournemouth (1630)