Manchester City have been mentioned on several occasions as being the side most capable of breaking into the top four this season and, with Liverpool having had a wobble over the last month, it's very likely many will scent blood.
Liverpool, though, are never better than when the pressure is on them in a big game but they will need a big performance at Anfield on Saturday if they are going to relieve the pressure that has been building and building during a sequence of one win in nine.
Put simply, this is a game that Liverpool cannot afford to lose; it's going to be a stiff enough task climbing back into the top four from our current position.
But if City happen to take another three points off us, we are going to find problems in trying to pass so many rivals in the second half of the campaign; for that reason alone, we can't slip up again.
That, however, is easier said than done, as Mark Hughes has an expensively assembled squad that is capable of scoring goals at any given time.
Sparky is a shrewd guy and will be enjoying being in the position where money is no object if he wants to go out and sign a player and there's no doubt that he's made some interesting purchases during the calendar year.
Emmanuel Adebayor, Joleon Lescott, Kolo Toure, Roque Santa Cruz and Carlos Tevez all attracted big headlines to go with their huge transfer fees but Sparky's best buy of the lot, in my opinion, has been their goalkeeper.