Brendan Rodgers marks his 50th match as Liverpool manager on Sunday with the visit of Chelsea to Anfield, knowing fully well that his work in returning the club to Europe's elite has barely started.
With five games remaining his side are only two points shy of last year's tally for the entire campaign and are closer to the top four (10 points) than when they finished last season 17 adrift.
Big-spending Chelsea's visit will provide an indicator of how much further Rodgers has to progress his side. The game also marks Rafael Benitez's first return to Anfield as an opposing manager.
While he is revered by Reds fans he is viewed with disdain by many Chelsea supporters, who have never warmed to their interim manager following the dismissal of Roberto di Matteo.
Benitez is uncertain if he will acknowledge the expected acclaim from Liverpool's supporters as he must focus on the task in hand.
"I think everybody will understand," he said.
"At the moment we are so close to the end of the season and we have so many important games and I have to concentrate on games.
"I will try and achieve my targets. Afterwards I will wish them the best, but during the game I have to make sure we win."
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Tottenham vs Manchester City Starting XIs
Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Vertonghen, Assou-Ekotto; Dempsey, Dembele, Parker, Sigurdsson; Bale, Adebayor.
Subs: Friedel, Caulker, Naughton, Holtby, Huddlestone, Livermore, Defoe.
Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Barry, Milner, Tevez, Nasri, Dzeko.
Subs: Pantilimon, Kolo Toure, Kolarov, Lescott, Garcia, Sinclair, Aguero.
Liverpool vs Chelsea Starting XIs
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Enrique, Agger, Carragher, Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson, Downing, Coutinho, Suarez.
Subs: Jones, Skrtel, Coates, Shelvey, Coady, Assaidi, Sturridge
Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Bertrand, Ramires, Mikel, Hazard, Mata, Oscar, Torres.
Subs: Turnbull, Lampard, Moses, Ferreira, Terry, Ba, Benayoun.
Earlier, Tottenham gave a huge boost to their hopes of Champions League qualification with a glorious comeback to beat Manchester City 3-1 at White Hart Lane.
Samir Nasri gave the visitors an early lead with a neat side-footed volley and City were the dominant sides well into the second-half.
However, Clint Dempsey equalised for the Londoners, tapping in a glorious Gareth Bale pass before Jermain Defoe scored his first goal since Boxing Day with a magnificent curler that went in off the post. Bale then secured the win by running onto a Tom Huddlestone pass before dinking it over the on-rushing Joe Hart.
The result also means that Manchester United can sew up the Barclays Premier League title with a win over Aston Villa on Monday.
Sunday's Premier League Fixtures
Tottenham 3-1 Man City
Liverpool vs Chelsea
Monday's Premier League Fixture
Man United vs Aston Villa
Saturday's Premier League Results