Southampton boss Adkins admits happy Liverpool memories

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins is looking forward to returning to Liverpool this weekend.

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins is looking forward to returning to Liverpool this weekend.

Adkins tried to downplay the personal importance of his managerial debut at the famous old ground, although admitted he has fond memories of his time there.

"This shouldn't be about me and Liverpool," he said. "It should be about Southampton, shouldn't it?"

When pushed further, he added: "Listen, I remember training with Ray Clemence, I remember saving a penalty from Graeme Souness in a practice game.

"You are alongside Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish in the small-sided games. As a kid you were just involved and joined in, which was great.

"It was good memories of being at Liverpool. They took us to the League Cup final when they beat West Ham.

"You go on the bus with all the schoolboy players and young pros. We all went down on the coach together to watch Liverpool so that was really good."

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