Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists his high-flying side have the mental fortitude to stay in the title race as they do not underestimate any opponent.
While much is being made of the significance of next month’s visits of Chelsea and Manchester City, their two main rivals, there are games to be won before that.
Sunderland visit Anfield on Wednesday night, followed by games against Tottenham and West Ham before the first of their two mouthwatering home clashes, when City come to Anfield.
Having twice gone behind at second-bottom Cardiff on the way to their 6-3 victory at the weekend, Liverpool’s next three opponents may sense they have a chance to upset the Reds’ run in.
But Rodgers is confident his players are in great mental shape and have the character to withstand the pressures in the final eight games.
“Every team that comes through and wins (the title) have to be in that situation at some stage,” he said. “If you go back 10 years or so Chelsea hadn’t won the league for 50 years when they eventually did win.
“People may have questioned whether they had the mental strength to win it but when you do win it no-one then questions it. I only need to look at the squad and we certainly have the strength of character and we have shown that over a period of time.
“In my time here there has been various items thrown at the team.
“When I first came in we didn’t score enough goals and that has now been flipped to we concede too many goals.
“’Do we have the character?’ and then we go on a run and we’re okay.
“’Is the squad big enough?. Are they fit enough?’ It continues but we just concentrate on our work. We are up in that top area where we want to be but we don’t underestimate any opponent with eight games to go.
“We are just continuing with the focus on a one-game strategy as that’s what keeps it simple.”