Rickie relishing Toffees tussle
Southampton striker Rickie Lambert says his Liverpool roots will make this weekend's trip to Everton an extra special occasion for him.
The 30-year-old was born in the Litherland district of the city and grew up supporting Liverpool, where he was once on the books as a schoolboy.
And Lambert is relishing a return to his home town to face the Reds' great rivals as Southampton aim to claim a second straight Premier League victory.
"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 Saints' official website.
Everton currently sit third in the table after a fine start to the season which has seen them win three out of their five matches so far.
Lambert is wary of the form the Toffees have been showing but says Southampton will take a lot of confidence from their 4-1 victory over Aston Villa last weekend.
He added: "They're flying at the minute. 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."