The Reds play host to the Wanderers before taking on Aston Villa just three days later, with the boss insisting that his team can produce the type of winning run that has served them so well over the second half of the season in recent years.
"We have to win," he told his pre-match press conference. "We must approach every game looking to win. You never know what will happen. This year all the teams are losing more games.
"We have confidence because in the past - for two or three seasons - we have done well in the second half of the league season. We have won a lot of games in a row and have confidence that, if we have players fit, we will do that again.
"We have to be ready for the first game. Hopefully we can win and if we do it will be easier, but it will be a tough game at Villa.
"City, Tottenham and Villa are doing well. We have to compete with them. Last year Villa did well but lost some games. Now they have spent some money and have good players, so it will be difficult to fight for this position."