Jordy Clasie wants to keep improving as he looks to hold down his place in the Saints side for the foreseeable future.
Clasie has featured regularly in the team during the absence of Victor Wanyama and established himself in a midfield where there is fierce competition for places at present.
“I feel great,” he told reporters ahead of Sunday’s game against Liverpool.
“I’m happy that I’m playing after my injury. I think I’ve started 12 or 13 games in the first team, so that’s the most important thing. After that, you want to play good and help your team-mates and get the wins. I think we’re doing well and we are in a good position.”
Last weekend’s win at Stoke City has lifted Saints above their opponents going into the match at St Mary’s against Jügen Klopp’s men, and Clasie is looking forward to taking on the Merseysiders for a third time in this season.
“We know from the cup game that they are going to press us every second of the game,” he highlighted from Saints’ League Cup defeat in December.
“They were much better than us that game. We can’t repeat that.
“We want to be in position for the Europa League and we know we had to win against Stoke. We were all really happy after that game because we climbed the table a bit and now have a good position in the table.”
Saints earned a 1-1 draw at Anfield in the reverse of this fixture during October, which Clasie has good memories of both for the team and on a personal note.
“Liverpool away was my first game which was hard for me,” he recalled. “Everybody said I would need time and I think I am now on 95% or a bit more. I’m working hard to play 90 minutes every week and help my team with what we need. Sunday is a big game for us as Liverpool are behind us, so we need to win.
“I think I’m comfortable now. Of course every game is different and every game is difficult for us. You can’t predict what is going to happen. I think that last time we played Liverpool, we lost 1-6. That result was unbelievable – I don’t think I’ve lost so heavily in a game. Sunday we will have to play better and be much more compact.”