Liverpool will look to regain ground on leaders Manchester City when they welcome Premier League new boys Swansea to Anfield on Saturday.
The Reds have lost just one of their last 15 home league games but they have dropped more points from winning positions than any other Premier League team this season and Kenny Dalglish will be hoping his side are not left ruing any more dropped points come Saturday evening.
"It's a game that we're going to have to be very patient in," Dalglish told reporters on Thursday morning. "They pass the ball well, they move it well.
"The supporters have to understand that sometime there is a bit of disrespect for teams who have been promoted.
"Swansea might have spells of possession in the game, which we've got to accept. We've rued the games against some promoted teams over the last few years. Swansea are one of the promoted teams but they're a decent side and they've got a good collection of points."
Dalglish has confirmed Steven Gerrard is making good progress in his recovery from an ankle infection. The captain will miss Swansea's visit to Anfield as well as England's two forthcoming friendlies but Dalglish dismissed speculation about the extent of the problem.
"Since they found the infection, Steven has really been progressing extremely well. Everything is positive for him," the manager said.
"They found the infection and I suppose it's a wee bit like flu - you know you've got it, but you don't know where it came from.
"But they are treating and it is responding really well, so it's positive for him. It is nothing more sinister."
Meanwhile, Dalglish revealed Jamie Carragher faces a late fitness test ahead of the clash with the Swans - after the defender missed last weekend's victory over West Brom.
"We'll check on Carra for Saturday and see how he is," he said. "If he's not going to be right, he is not going to be right.
"As a football club, we're much better with those two [Carragher and Gerrard] fit. They've been fantastic servants to the club and will continue to be fantastic servants."
Liverpool have no new injury concerns ahead of Saturday's match and Dalglish will be hoping Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll can continue their successful strike partnership after the pair linked up well in last weekend's 2-0 win at the Hawthorns.
"For us, it is important there are relationships and partnerships within the team," said Dalglish.
"Andy and Luis are just one of the partnerships and the more they train and play together, the better the understanding will be."
Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers insists his side will not be overawed by the trip to Anfield and remains confident of getting a result.
The Swans will be looking to carry on where they left off against Bolton [3-1] last Saturday.
"It's a brilliant occasion," he told reporters. "Anfield is a stadium that is known throughout the world, but we go there looking to get a good result.
"We understand that every game away from home is going to be difficult in this league, but our players have earned the right to play at Anfield.
"Both sets of supporters understand football and it should be a fantastic game."
Rodgers confirmed that midfielder Kemy Augstien will travel with the squad to Merseyside after recovering from a hamstring injury.
"He thoroughly deserves it and it should all be completed soon," Rodgers said. "He showed his worth last year and when he has played so far this season he has been exceptional."