As Liverpool makes their way down to Southampton for Sundays clash at St Mary’s Stadium both clubs realize how important a win would be as they both battle Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United for a top-four finish.

Currently Ronald Koeman’s team sits fourth in the Premiership with Liverpool in seventh four-points behind.

Liverpool is the team on a roll only having lost once in their last 23 games a fact that tells the Saints defensive midfielder that he is in for a tough match.

As the Reds visit St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday with both sides vying for a place in the Premier League’s top four, the midfielder is keenly aware of the importance of the match

“It’s a massive game,” the France international told Saints’ official website.

“It will be massive. I always enjoy the games we play against Liverpool and we’ve had some joy against them in the last couple of years but, overall, Liverpool is a big team who is back on a winning way at the moment.

“They’re on a good run and it will be a very good game – maybe the most important game of the season for us.”

The Saints have won just one of their last three matches and despite the setback are still having their best Premiership season ever with the French DM eager for even greater success.

“We want to keep this momentum because we know that big teams will always have good runs at the end of the season. They are teams who won’t drop and who have a lot of experience about these kind of things,” he observed.

“We know that we cannot let this go. There are 13 games to go and a lot of points and it’s the games at home that we need to win – as simple as that.”