Reds facing defining run of games to end 2013.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Sunday’s trip to Tottenham starts a run of four games that will give him a clear indication of what his team can aim for this season.
The Reds head into the weekend second in the table on 30 points after 15 matches, trailing league leaders Arsenal by five points.
After the trip to White Hart Lane, Rodgers’ team host Cardiff before travelling to Manchester City and Chelsea to finish off 2013.
The three away matches are against teams that have a minimum expectation of finishing in the top four and Rodgers is looking forward to measuring his own side against tough opposition.
“There are four games from Tottenham away to Chelsea away, which takes us to the end of the year and the 19-game mark,” Rodgers said.
“By the halfway point we’ll have played everyone else and have a greater measure of where we’re at.
“I think it’s important to look at your goals that way and strategically try to map things out.
“It’s very difficult to forecast because you never know what the opposing team will bring.
“What you can do is try and prepare so that you bring your ‘A game’ to each fixture. And if we can bring our ‘A game’ into the majority of our fixtures, we will win them.
“I’m pleased with the progress because we’ve sat second in the league, but while there’s space up above us we’ll continue to fight.”
Defender Daniel Agger and midfielder Jordan Henderson are set to overcome respective illness and an ankle problem in order to feature against Spurs.
But Reds captain Steven Gerrard has been ruled out for at least a month with a hamstring injury and Daniel Sturridge is absent with an ankle problem.
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