Nigel Adkins is looking forward to heading back to Liverpool after all these years.

The Southampton boss was a youth player with the Reds before he joined nearby Tranmere Rovers in 1982 and he admits it will be a thrill to be present at Anfield when his Saints travel there on Saturday.

"It will be good to go there," said the former goalkeeper. "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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