Oriol Romeu is aware that Southampton are set for a tricky run of fixtures and feels a lack of consistency is holding them back.
The Saints sit in 13th spot in the Premier League table, with 13 points from 11 games played, but there is a sense that they have missed an opportunity to be in the top half.
They have already dropped points against Swansea, Huddersfield Town, Watford, Stoke, Newcastle, Brighton and Burnley and have only faced Manchester United of the top six to date.
That will all change this weekend when they travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool, with games against Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all looming large on the horizon.
Romeu knows that things are about to get much tougher and has urged his team-mates to dig deep and find a way of stringing together a series of decent displays to garner as many points as possible from the big clubs.
"We’ve got harder games coming up and it will be difficult to get points from that, but we don’t want to say that’s impossible," he said.
"If you ask me one week I can tell you we are very close and the next week we are too far away. The problem is not being consistent with our performances and that’s what doesn’t give us that improvement line we should get.
"We’re not feeling we are doing bad performances but we would like to get more consistency in our games and in our style of play."