Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has suggested that Liverpool's hopes of winning the Premier League may lie in their ability to conquer the month of December and its infamously tight schedule of games, which the defender dubbed 'a madness'.
Though this is the first season in which the Premier League will enjoy a winter break, Liverpool will be taking part in the Club World Cup, due to their success in last season's Champions League.
While speaking with BBC Sport, Van Dijk reflected: "There are so many games. Our December period is a madness, basically."
Liverpool are currently scheduled for six Premier League games in December but also face the prospect of the Club World Cup, while the third round of the FA Cup follows at the start of January.
Van Dijk acknowledged the desire Liverpool fans have to finally become Premier League champions, saying: "Last season we lost only one game, we did everything we could but City were just a little bit better than us.
"Every Liverpool fan dreams of the Premier League. Everyone is waiting for it. We were so close last year, unfortunately it didn't happen but the only thing we can do is go for it."
Though Liverpool stacked up a monolithic 97 points last season, it wasn't enough to clinch the title over Manchester City.
Van Dijk didn't shy away from praising the Premier League champions however, adding "You have to do a similar number again, look at City they are a fantastic team".