Liverpool will take great pride having weathered the storm that has seen them dispatch Chelsea twice and hold Manchester City at Anfield, and Liverpool’s schedule up through the New Year looks very enticing for Liverpool fans and players alike.  Liverpool will take on Fulham on Monday, kicking off a six-game December which has always proven to be a month that separates the contenders from the pretenders.

It will be a true statement month, however, in the fact that Liverpool play teams that they “should” win against, games that have always caused Liverpool problems over the past couple of seasons.  Liverpool have beaten Arsenal and Chelsea, they were unlucky no to take away all three points at home to United, and were denied by a valiant Joe Hart at Anfield for the win.  Liverpool will face Fulham, Aston Villa and Wigan away while hosting QPR, Blackburn and Newcastle to round out the year.  Liverpool have shown they are a force to be reckoned with on the road, but have dropped points against Sunderland, Norwich and Swansea City at home.  Pepe Reina, who has been his usual clean-sheet hungry self between the sticks for the Reds, has stated it is a crucial period if Liverpool are to consider themselves top four contenders and beyond.

“We know from experience how important December and January can be in terms of the title race and your position in the league,” Reina said in this week’s LFC Magazine. “We have to push now more than ever.

“Without meaning any disrespect to the teams we are playing in this period, when you look at the fixtures I think all the games are winnable. Obviously every team is tough to beat in this league but now we have to make sure that we don’t make any mistakes at home and that we take maximum points as often as we can.”

Liverpool had to endure a torrid year and a half which saw them dip as low as 19th in the League last season, but the ship has stabilized itself according to Reina, an effort brought about by the owners, Kenny Dalglish, and the players themselves.

“We are all happy,” he continued. “I think we now find ourselves in an established situation. Kenny was one of the owners’ appointments and Kenny is Liverpool, Liverpool is Kenny.

“He has been the greatest ever so the supporters are more than happy and I think the way the team is playing shows that we are going the right way. Now we want to keep going and improve.

“We have found the right balance off the field with the determination from the owners to keep progressing. The stability is there so now it’s up to us to deliver the results.”

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