Adkins: Liverpool visit about Southampton, not me

The former Reds and Tranmere goalkeeper makes his first return to Anfield since becoming a manager and spoke of his pride at his achievements since taking up coaching
Former Liverpool goalkeeper Nigel Adkins returns to Anfield on Saturday for the first time since becoming a manager but insists that the game is about Southampton, not his past.

The Saints boss was born in Birkenhead and was on the Reds' books as a keeper before joining Merseyside rivals Tranmere. He returns to the club as a Premier League manager and cannot hide his pride at his achievements since leaving the club as a youngster.

Adkins told reporters: "This shouldn't be about me and Liverpool. It should be about Southampton, shouldn't it?

"It will be good to go there. 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.

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"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 Premier League."