Following on from their emphatic 5-0 victory over Tottenham at White Hart Lane last weekend, Brendan Rodgers’ side now must regroup, refocus, rested and prepared for the visit of Cardiff to Anfield this Saturday lunchtime.
The Reds play the first game of the weekend, kicking off at 12.45pm with a chance to go top of the Premier League table for, at the very least, a couple of days as Arsenal and Chelsea face each other at the Emirates on Monday evening.
Liverpool are currently just two points off the leaders Arsenal who host Chelsea next week. The Blues are level on points with Liverpool but with a significantly inferior goal difference to the Reds. A win at home over newly promoted Cardiff would see Rodgers’ side top of the table, a point clear of Arsenal with 36 points.
Even if fourth place Manchester City win away at Fulham on Saturday afternoon, the Reds would remain top a point ahead of the Citizens who are currently a point behind both Liverpool and Chelsea.
If Arsenal beat the Blues on Monday night they would return to the top of the table and the Blues could even fall out the top four should Everton achieve victory at Swansea on Sunday, a Chelsea win would see the Blues move into second behind Liverpool who would remain top and the Gunners would fall down into third or even fourth if City win at Fulham.
This weekend could be the making and breaking of the rest of the season or, at least, the title race and perhaps the challenge for the top four. The most important thing for Brendan Rodgers and his relative young team of players if to focus on getting their job done and dusted on Saturday lunchtime, not only to buoy themselves by moving top but to keep the pressure on the teams around them at present.
If Liverpool don’t take all three points against the visitors it will not only be a huge opportunity missed but it would seriously undermine their hopes of challenging for the title and the top four heading into the New Year – a defeat could see them slip out the top four by Sunday afternoon so it must be a performance consistent with their objectives and one that leaves the club, the fans and, subsequently, their rivals with absolutely no doubt they are capable of leading the chase for the title.
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