Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson has said critics were "quick to jump" on the Reds for recent Premier League results but added the time has come for the Anfield giants to "step up" and prove they can win the title over Manchester City.
The league leaders are unbeaten in their last 10 matches in all competitions, and the Scotsman told Sky Sports News Liverpool are ready to prove their doubters wrong:
"People have been quite quick to jump on us and say we've been going through a blip at Liverpool and now all of a sudden we've come through that. It's part and parcel of football. We had a couple of draws, they were not the worst results. We didn't play our best but drawing away to Manchester United and Everton are usually good results. Because we are in the title race and all of a sudden Manchester City could maybe take over you by a point, it's deemed as disastrous. We've had a fantastic season and it's coming to the bit where we have to step up again and get the trophies that we are going for. The lads are full of confidence at Liverpool."
Jurgen Klopp's men had built a lead over City in the race for the championship, but Pep Guardiola's outfit trail Liverpool by only two points. Vitally, the Sky Blues hold a game in hand.
Both London clubs need points to secure UEFA Champions League football for next term, ensuring a highly competitive match against the Merseyside team.
City must face Spurs and Manchester United in their run-in. The trip to Old Trafford on Wednesday, April 24, could decide if the Premier League trophy stays in Manchester or makes the short journey to the rival city in the north-west.
Liverpool have improved this season, producing a defence worthy and capable of winning silverware in every competition.
Both challenging teams remain in the business end of the UEFA Champions League, and the pair could meet in the final on June 1 in Madrid.