Liverpool will hope to draw inspiration from memories of last season's thrilling 5-1 demolition of Arsenal when the teams resume hostilities in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday. Arsene Wenger's side were routed on their last trip to Liverpool's famous stadium in February, when a devastating four-goal salvo inside the first 20 minutes left them reeling. Slowly we are getting there. I've said that my teams have shown at Liverpool that we get better and better Brendan Rodgers It was the start of an 11-game winning run that took Liverpool to within sight of the title. Their subsequent collapse has been followed by a wretched start to the current campaign, with last weekend's chastening 3-0 defeat at Manchester United leaving them 18 points behind leaders Chelsea in 11th place. But having emerged from a taxing trip to Championship leaders Bournemouth in the League Cup with a 3-1 win, manager Brendan Rodgers is hopeful that his side have turned a corner. "Slowly we are getting there. I've said that my teams have shown at Liverpool that we get better and better," he said. "A lot of players are adapting. I've been looking to find ways and solutions to make us more creative as we haven't been that at all this season and that is the mark of the team." Arsenal lost 3-2 at Stoke City in their last domestic away game, but have since produced back-to-back 4-1 wins over Galatasaray in the Champions League and Newcastle United in the league. The home victory over Newcastle left Wenger's side in sixth place in the table, five points clear of Liverpool and two points shy of the Champions League places. Wenger has revealed that winger Theo Walcott, who has played only two games this season after a long-term knee injury, is in contention to feature after shrugging off a groin complaint. "He is back in training today [Thursday], but only today," Wenger said. "I might take him. I don't know yet until he is back to full training. Let's see." Chelsea have a three-point lead over Manchester City, and their superior goal difference (+23 to +19) means that they are practically assured of being in first place on Christmas Day. Jose Mourinho's side are not in action until Monday, when they welcome Stoke. Manchester United will be looking to record a seventh consecutive victory when they travel to Aston Villa today. Last Sunday's victory over Liverpool enabled Louis van Gaal's team to remain eight points behind Chelsea and five behind Manchester City, prompting captain Wayne Rooney to declare that they still have title designs. Villa saw a five-game unbeaten run come to an end in a 1-0 loss at West Bromwich Albion last weekend and have a dismal home record against United, who they have not beaten in the league at Villa Park since August 1995. Fourth-place West Ham, beaten only once in their past 10 matches, host bottom club Leicester, who are now five points from safety. Leicester have not won since stunning Manchester United 5-3 in September, but West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says Nigel Pearson's team are no pushovers. "Leicester are a hard team to break down. They work very hard for each other," he said. Fifth-place Southampton saw their run of consecutive defeats extended to five on Tuesday when they crashed to third-tier Sheffield United in the League Cup. Ronald Koeman's side entertain Everton today.