Liverpool striker Diogo Jota is confident they can close the nine-point gap between themselves and Premier League leaders Manchester City heading into the new year.
By the time Jurgen Klopp’s side head to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to face Chelsea in second place – one point ahead of the Reds after playing one more game – they could be behind City by 12 points.
But Jota, who has scored seven times in his last nine appearances and is expected to carry the goal burden when Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane head to the African Nations Cup after the weekend, is convinced it is not an insurmountable challenge.
“We know there is that hole, but we also know we are able to close that hole and that is the plan,” he told Liverpool’s website.
“But we have to avoid what happened against Leicester (the 1-0 defeat on Tuesday), because if we keep doing the things we did in that match, it will be difficult for us.
“We know it’s Chelsea away. We drew with them at home, we know it will not be easy.
“We both want to close that gap, but we know at least one of us will be even further back.
“We have to be at our best – I know if we do, we will be able to win the battle there.
“We want to start the year well and the only way is to win the match at Stamford Bridge.”