Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has sent a warning to Manchester United ahead of Sunday's huge showdown at Old Trafford, declaring that his squad have been "incredible" in training this week ahead of the clash.
The Reds have been out of action since comfortably dispatching Southampton 3-0 on March 1st, with elimination from the FA Cup giving the Merseysiders a fortnight to prepare for this Sunday's clash with bitter rivals United.
A run of nine Premier League games unbeaten in 2014 has taken Liverpool to the brink of a surprise title challenge, with the Reds seven points behind league leaders Chelsea with a game in hand.
United meanwhile languish 11 points behind Liverpool back in sixth, which places huge significance on Sunday's result in terms of Champions League ambitions and the title race.
Rodgers heads into the match in confident mood and believes that Liverpool are relishing the the chance to prove their credentials at Old Trafford, praising his players for a "terrific" effort to move within title contention against the odds this season.
He told talkSPORT: "It was interesting really [this week] as we had an adaptation day after they had been off for a few days.
"It was supposed to be a low intensity session, but the quality and the intensity they worked at was incredible. I actually had to take them off it a little bit.
"They are a very focused group. They are very keen and very ambitious for the club to do well. I see that in their work every day. They are brilliant professionals.
"We have been terrific for the last 14 months or so and the club is on a real high. That's big credit to the players and all the staff, who are working tirelessly every day.
"Sunday is a game we are really looking forward to. For us it's about retaining the focus. We know it's a big game but we've done well in a lot of the big games this season."
Liverpool and United both have a win apiece this season in clashes between the two sides, with the Reds winning the first Premier League clash in August thanks to a single Daniel Sturridge strike.
United gained a measure of revenge in the Capital One Cup a month later, but Sunday's third meeting will ensure bragging rights go one way or the other for the rest of the campaign.