Morgan Schneiderlin is looking forward to testing himself against his midfield idol this weekend – but he won't enjoy the experience unless Saints leave Liverpool with three points.
As a youngster growing up in northern France, Schneiderlin gained an affinity for the Reds after being captivated by their dramatic win over AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.
He was particularly enthralled by the performance of fellow middle-man Steven Gerrard, whose career he has closely followed ever since.
And the 23 year-old says he cannot wait to line up against the England captain at Anfield when Saints travel there on Saturday.
"When you watch football on TV in France, you had to choose between Liverpool and Manchester United," says Schneiderlin.
"Six-or-seven years ago, everyone chose Manchester United but I chose Liverpool because I loved Steven Gerrard as a player.
"I can't wait to play against him – it will be special, but unfortunately he's going to feel bad because we're going to get three points!
"I will treat him like any other player on Saturday. I just want to confront him and see what I can do against him.
"He's one of the best players in the world, and that's who I want to play against in every game. It's my job to keep the other midfield as quiet as possible.
"Liverpool is a big team so they have big players, so I expect a tough challenge – but we're all up to it. We want to get something from them."
Having taken four points from back-to-back home games against Newcastle and Norwich, this weekend's match will be Saints' third in the space of a week.
And Schneiderlin hopes the prospect of travelling to one of the most historic grounds in English football will inspire him and his teammates to maintain their recent performance level.
"It'll give us a boost because our legs are going to be tired from Wednesday," he affirms.
"It's always an unbelievable atmosphere [at Anfield] so I just can't wait to get on that pitch.
"I know that they had more success 20 years ago, but it's still Liverpool.
"When you go to atmosphere you get the fans and the atmosphere, which makes it a special day. We are all looking forward to it but we need to go there and do a professional job.
"We're not going there as fans – watching them play, watch the crowd to say how beautiful it all is and then go back home with nothing.
"We feel confident. Liverpool haven't had the same success as they have in the past but it's still going to be a tough game.
"We have our game-plan that we'll talk through, and we're confident we can do something."
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