Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has refused to get carried away by his side's current standing in the Premier League but admits that finishing outside of the top four would be a huge blow.
The Reds are sitting at the top of the standings on Christmas Day on goal difference after bouncing back from the defeat to Hull earlier this month with four straight victories.
Their title credentials will be tested with trips to rivals Manchester City on Thursday and Chelsea on Sunday, and Gerrard knows his side cannot afford to rest on their laurels.
"I think we're title contenders if we're in the title race with 10 games to go - I don't get carried away or I don't change targets or raise expectations around the city just because we've started the season very strong and we're in amongst it in November and December"
"To be in the title race you've got to be there with 10 games to go with a realistic challenge of winning it. I do have confidence and belief in my team-mates that we're capable of surprising a few people this season."