Steven Gerrard has hailed the table-topping Liverpool side as the best he has played in and is backing the Reds to clinch a first Premier League title.
Rafael Benitez's side will start the new year three points clear of the chasing pack following Sunday's 5-1 thrashing of Newcastle.
Captain Gerrard, who scored twice at St James' Park, said: "We have given ourselves a great chance. We have to remain consistent, that is the key."
He added: "If we want to stay at the top and be involved in this title race, we have got to deal with the pressure.
"We have big players here and we will have a lot of tests and challenges to come, but if we keep playing like this then we will be there.
"This is the best team I have played with. You look around the dressing room and, from the keeper to the forwards, we have some fantastic players. There is a confidence that we can get over the big hurdles."