Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes that home form will be key to his side maintaining their form into the second half of the season and mounting a title bid.
Liverpool have visited Everton, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Chelsea already this season and have taken just four points from those trips. But they face all of these sides at Anfield in the second half of the season, where they have beaten most visitors – including Manchester United.
Despite being top of the table on Christmas Day, Rodgers’ side have dropped out of the top four after successive defeats against Manchester City and Chelsea in the past few days.
But the Northern Irishman has not ruled his side out of the title race and feels Liverpool’s home matches will prove crucial.
“I think it’s open,” he said.
“What I’m looking forward to is we have to play every team except Manchester United at home.
“We’ve had a real tough run, all the games – Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Newcastle, Everton – all of them away from home.
“Anfield’s a tough place to come, we have to play all of them at home, it’s still very much open. We were top at Christmas, a few days later we’re fifth, that’s how it will go between now and the end of the season.”
His side have 36 points from 19 league fixtures, which is the best return the club has seen since the 2008/9 season where Rafa Benitez’s side agonisingly lost on the title to Manchester United by four points.