Rafa Benitez wants his Liverpool side to be leading the Premier League title race when European action resumes.
Having safely booked their place in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, the Reds can now turn their attentions to domestic dominance.
With the knockout stages of Europe's premier club competition not due to get under way until late February, the busy festive and new year period will be crucial to any side harbouring ambitions of concluding their campaign with a league crown.
Liverpool do currently hold a slender advantage in the battle to take English football's most prestigious honour, with Benitez well aware that should they still be in this position in three months' time then a first top-flight title in 19 years will be well within reach.
"We now have almost three months to concentrate on the Premier League, and the FA Cup," the Spaniard told the club's official website.
"We would want to go back into Europe next year still top of the table.
"We have qualified for the next stage in Europe, we are top of the Premier League, and now we can concentrate on domestic considerations.
"We do not want to give up top spot. If we are still there when we start up again in Europe, the chances of a really good season will be obvious."
Benitez also believes that his recent backing for under-fire midfielder Lucas Leiva was vindicated in midweek as the young Brazilian put in a sparking display during the Reds' 3-1 win over PSV Eindhoven.
"Myself and the staff, as well as his team-mates, know that Lucas is a very good player. He showed that he has character and quality," he added.
"Maybe Lucas has been spurred on by some of the criticism. But this week he has shown he is a good professional.
"His response to questions about his form, and the reaction to him from some fans recently, has been very good."