Southampton captain Adam Lallana is looking ahead to a big Christmas period for the club.

The Saints' mini-revival of four matches unbeaten was ended on the weekend as they lost 1-0 at Liverpool which saw them remain in the relegation zone.

Upcoming fixtures sees Southampton take on 19th-placed Reading as well as Chelsea, Sunderland and Fulham and Lallana is under no illusions as to just how busy a festive season it will be.

"We're making strides forward, there's no doubt about that," Lallana told the Daily Echo.

"Christmas is going to be massive. We've got a huge game against Reading. It's important we pick up points at home, especially against the teams around us, and we're focusing on that now.

"We'll put this game to bed, and it's a huge game next weekend."

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