Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt is confident the Merseysiders can make a significant move towards the top four over the festive period.
The Reds' four matches in 11 days see them host Wolves and Bolton and travel to Blackpool and Blackburn.
And although they are currently nine points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea Kuyt believes a healthy return of points at Anfield will close the gap.
"This period is one of the most important of the season," said the Holland international.
"If we can produce a good run I'm sure we will be up near the top four.
"I'm sure a lot of the top teams will drop some points this month. If we could get four good results in a row, then who knows? Certainly the gap will be closer."
The Dutchman is one of the Liverpool squad's hardest-working players and so several matches in quick succession hold no problems for him.
"December is always a special month in the Premier League and one I always look forward to," he told the Liverpool Echo.
"It's hard work with four games in 10 days but that's what you want.
"I love to play games and always want to play as many as I can.
"Hopefully at the beginning of the new year we can look back and say it was a great time for us and we climbed the table."
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