Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has issued a warning to Chelsea and Manchester United by insisting that the Reds' title charge starts now.
Rafa Benitez's men have suffered a disappointing start to the new Premier League season as they look to end 20 years of frustration and hurt in the red half of Merseyside by bringing the league title back to Anfield.
However, defeats to Tottenham and Aston Villa in their opening five league games - the same amout of losses they incurred in the whole of last season - have left many to question their title credentials.
Chelsea sit at the top of the pile with five wins from as many games - six points better off than the Reds, but face fourth-placed Tottenham on Sunday in what should be an enthralling encounter.
Manchester United, in second, welcome third-placed Manchester City to Old Trafford in the lunchtime kick-off in the most eagerly anticipated derby in years.
And with West Ham up next for Gerrard and his team-mates, the England international insists this weekend could prove the cataylst for a sustained challenge for that elusive league crwon this season, "It was a tough start for us this season because we lost two games close together and we knew it was going to take time to recover from that," Gerrard told The Daily Mail. "But we're slowly getting back to where we want to be. It's a big weekend for the title race, so hopefully we can get a win and turn things around."