Last Updated: Thu, 29 Nov 2012 17:00
Southampton manager Nigel Adkins is looking forward to returning to Merseyside and testing himself against boyhood idols Liverpool.
The Birkenhead-born Saints boss comes from a family of Reds and was a schoolboy at Anfield as a young goalkeeper. He now returns to his old stomping ground as a Premier League manager and is both proud and excited by the prospect of leading Southampton out at Anfield this weekend.
"It will be good to go there," he said. "I was a schoolboy at Liverpool. I had the option to stay there before I decided to go to Tranmere Rovers, which was important from my career point of view.
"We are obviously steeped in tradition on Merseyside: you're either red, blue or the white of Tranmere.
"You are either a Liverpool supporter or an Everton supporter, but you're always going to be a Tranmere supporter if you're from Birkenhead.
"Going to Merseyside is going to be great for everybody and great for all our supporters to go to Liverpool, a club steeped in tradition. Obviously they're going through a transition at this moment in time, but it is a game that we'll look forward to as we do every single game in the Barclays Premier League."
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