Southampton manager Nigel Adkins relishing Merseyside return ahead of Everton game
Liverpool fan Nigel Adkins is relishing the chance to take his Southampton side to Everton on Saturday.
Last Updated: 28/09/12 2:42pm
The former goalkeeper grew up on Merseyside and had a spell at Liverpool before coming through the youth system at Tranmere.
Saints striker Rickie Lambert also supports the Reds, but the Southampton boss insists that doesn't provide an extra incentive for the trip to Goodison Park.
"Whoever we play against we want to go and win a game of football," said Adkins.
"There are three teams on Merseyside: Liverpool, Everton and Tranmere.
"I played for Tranmere and I used to stand behind the goal and run onto the pitch after the game to try to get Ronnie Moore's tie-ups. It's great to see Tranmere Rovers doing so well with Ronnie in charge.
"I was actually a schoolboy at Liverpool but before I signed for them I had a couple of weeks at Everton.
"Goodison Park has a great atmosphere. They are passionate football supporters there so I am looking forward to it."
Southampton are looking to gain some momentum after beating Aston Villa last week to claim their first points of the season.
But the Toffees are third after beating Swansea 3-0 last week to make it four wins from five.
"It is a tough game and one we are looking forward to," added Adkins.
"Goodison Park is a real challenging place to go. I am from Merseyside, I've been there on numerous occasions and you know that the supporters there are very passionate.
"They demand the players do well and Everton are probably having the best start they've had for many, many years."
Jack Cork picked up a knee injury in midweek and Tadanari Lee (elbow) will also miss out, while Emmanuel Mayuka and Luke Shaw are both doubtful.