Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is hoping his team can capitalise on a run of home matches as they attempt to boost their English Premier League title hopes against Sunderland at Anfield.
The Reds have not had a home game since February 23 but have won all three matches since, winning 3-0 at Southampton, beating Manchester United by the same scoreline at Old Trafford and securing a 6-3 victory at Cardiff at the weekend.
Rodgers’ side, unbeaten in the league since the turn of the year with 29 points from a possible 33, trail leaders Chelsea by four points and are in contention for a first league championship since 1990.
Five of their remaining eight matches are at home and a win over Sunderland on Wednesday in their game in hand on Chelsea would close the gap to just one point.
After the visit of Sunderland, they entertain Tottenham at the weekend before travelling to West Ham and hosting Manchester City.
Following a trip to Norwich, they have a home against Chelsea and then head to Crystal Palace before finishing the season against Newcastle at Anfield.
Rodgers is optimistic that home advantage will count.
“We’re really looking forward to playing at Anfield now on Wednesday night. It’s a big game for us,” Rodgers said.
“Hopefully the supporters can really get behind the team well before kick off, get the atmosphere revved up for the game and we’ll look to continue on this great run.”
Rodgers said the fans should be optimistic.
“It may or may not be this year but there’s no doubt we’re on the right road to winning a title here,” he said.
“We are far from being perfect. We are nowhere near the finished article but we are learning and improving.
“At the top it’s very tight. There are eight games to go but we are only looking at Sunderland.”
Spanish left-back Jose Enrique is Liverpool’s only enforced absentee as he continues to struggle with a long-term knee problem.