Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)
days
:
hours
:
minutes
:
seconds

Football | Premier League

Southampton trio face boyhood heroes



There will be three Liverpool fans at Anfield for the match against Southampton on Saturday who will be desperately hoping the Merseyside club lose.

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins, midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and striker Rickie Lambert are happy to admit they grew up supporting the club they will be battling to upset at the weekend.

Adkins, who was born on Merseyside and was a youth player at Anfield, is excited about returning to his old stomping ground while for "scouser" Lambert, Saturday's clash is one he has had marked on the calendar for some time.

Southampton have had a difficult start to life in the Premier League and are third from bottom after 14 games, but they face a Liverpool team struggling to convert possession into points.

"It will be good to go there," Adkins told reporters. "I was a schoolboy at Liverpool. I had the option to stay there before I decided to go to Tranmere Rovers.

"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."

Schneiderlin, who grew up in Northern France, is looking forward to testing himself against his midfield idol Steven Gerrard, whose dynamic displays for the Reds convinced him to buck the trend and support Liverpool rather than Manchester United.

"When you watch football on TV in France, you had to choose between Liverpool and Manchester United," he said on the club website (www.saintsfc.co.uk).

"Six-or-seven years ago, everyone chose Manchester United but I chose Liverpool because I loved Steven Gerrard as a player.

"I will treat him like any other player on Saturday. I just want to confront him and see what I can do against him. He's one of the best players in the world, and that's who I want to play against in every game. It's my job to keep the other midfield as quiet as possible."

Southampton's top scorer Lambert has a tattoo of a Liver bird, a symbol of the city which is on the club's crest, on his shoulder.

"I've tried my best not to put any attention on it, but it has been at the back of my head," Lambert said.

"It has come round now so I'm really looking forward to it."



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Latest Video Highlights

Sports Talk



Segun Odegbami
New year, new Fifa, new World Cup
Two weeks into the new year the biggest news in football comes out of Zurich. Fifa finally approved...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Refs under fire from ex refs
It is hypocrisy of the highest order when refs should have the audacity to come out and criticise...

Sunday Oliseh
Premier League title - Who’s in the hunt?
This is definitely, in my opinion, one of the most interesting, competitive and unpredictable...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Pep needs to adapt quickly
The US Network, NBC broadcast a documentary over the weekend "Inside The Mind of Pep". The...