Liverpool will return from their Club World Cup exploits in Qatar to face an important run of four fixtures in 11 days over Christmas and New Year.
The games will come at the end of what has been a hectic time for the club and one which will undoubtedly have tested the strength of Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
Read on as we preview the four games that could have a huge bearing on Liverpool’s hopes of success in two competitions.
Leicester City (A) – December 26
It may seem silly to class a game as a title decider before the turn of the year, but that is exactly what the clash with Leicester could be.
With Manchester City struggling to keep pace with Liverpool, the Foxes have emerged as the nearest challengers to Klopp’s side.
They remain third favourites in the sports betting to win the title, although a victory on Boxing Day would see their odds slashed even further.
However, if Liverpool can emerge unscathed from their visit to the King Power Stadium, they would be in a strong position to end their long title drought.
Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) – December 29
Wolves have proved troublesome to Liverpool over the past few years, knocking them out of the FA Cup in both 2017 and 2019.
They have established themselves as one of the leading teams in the Premier League since winning promotion and are certainly capable of causing an upset at Anfield.
Nuno’s side have recovered from a slow start this season to force themselves into the top half of the table and will be eager to stay there as the season progresses.
Despite Wolves’ good form, Liverpool will be odds-on favourites to win this game and are fancied to collect the three points.
Sheffield United (H) – January 2
Tipped by many pundits as favourites for relegation, the Blades have defied expectations during the first half of the season.
Chris Wilder’s side have produced some impressive performances, taking points off many of the top sides.
They were unfortunate to lose against Liverpool at Bramhall Lane earlier in the season, with Georginio Wijnaldum’s goal proving to be the different between the two sides.
The Blades were beaten 4-0 on their last visit to Anfield back in 2007 and Liverpool will be confident of securing a similar scoreline this time around.
Everton (H) – January 5
Liverpool turn their attentions to the FA Cup on January 5 as they go head-to-head with local rivals Everton.
The two sides met in the league at the start of December, with the Reds running out comfortable 5-2 winners.
That result signalled the end of Marco Silva’s reign as manager and the Toffees went on to produce a much-improved performance under caretaker boss Duncan Ferguson to beat Chelsea.
Everton are expected to have a new permanent manager in place over the next few days and that could inspire them to make things tough for Liverpool when they meet in the New Year.