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After his double for his club last weekend against Aston Villa, the boyhood Reds supporter hopes to continue his form against their Merseyside neighbours on Saturday

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert says this weekend’s clash with Everton will be a special one for him as he grew up supporting Liverpool.

The 30-year-old, who was released by the club as a schoolboy, was born in the Liverpudlian district of Litherland and was in attendance when the Reds lifted the League Cup last February.

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However, Lambert is determined not to get ahead of himself and tried to play down his rivalry with the Toffees.

“It’s another one that all the lads are buzzing for, and for me as a scouser it’s definitely one I’ve been looking forward to,” Lambert told the club’s website.

Even though he knows that David Moyes’s men are in a rich vein of form at the moment, Lambert believes the Saints’ win over Villa last weekend gave them the confidence that they can compete in the Premier League.

“They’re flying at the minute,” Lambert added.

“But even when they’re not flying it’s a hard place to go so we know we’ve got a hard game on our hands.

“Hopefully the Villa win is going to give us the confidence to go there and get something.”

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