LIVERPOOL'S Argentina international Emiliano Insua maintains the club must make a statement of intent at the beginning of a week that will define their season.
Manager Rafael Benitez's men face ambitious Manchester City tomorrow and then travel to Budapest for their Champions League night of destiny against Debrecen on Tuesday.
The following Sunday sees Liverpool make the short trip across Stanley Park to face neighbours Everton.
Firstly, though, Liverpool must hold off the substantial challenge of Manchester City, who covet the Merseyside club's hold on a place in the big four of English football.
Full-back Insua knows just how important it is for Liverpool to show they are not prepared to give up that place without a fight.
He said: 'We know we have to start winning games and this is a big game, but it's still too early to be looking at the league table.