Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has warned his team-mates to expect more defensively-minded opposition should they maintain their position at the top of the Premier League.
The Reds were left frustrated following a goalless draw with Fulham on Saturday as a win would have moved them two points clear of Chelsea at the top of the table.
Carragher expects more teams to arrive at Anfield with a defensive approach and has urged his team-mates to remain patient as they look to break down opposition defences.
"Of course you want to win these games but when it doesn't happen you can't afford to get too downhearted because it's a tough league and I'm sure there are going to be plenty of games like that between now and next May," he told the club's official website.
"Against Fulham obviously we haven't hit the heights that we did do earlier in the season and to be perfectly honest, they played well and I wouldn't say we deserved to win because I suppose they could have nicked one as well because they were quite lively on the break.
"That's been the case ever since I've been in the team. Pretty much every team that comes to Anfield plays counter-attacking football and we can't complain about that.
"We've just got to adapt to it and overcome it because if we want to challenge for the title that is something we're going to have to do."