Radhi Jaïdi has called for his Southampton Under-23s side to be firing on all cylinders when they return to Premier League 2 action against Liverpool on Monday night.
It has been four weeks since Saints drew 3-3 against Manchester United in their previous outing, and Jaïdi is keen to see his players use that break as an advantage.
“It has been a long period waiting for this game,” he explained.
“We’ve tried to keep the boys on the front foot and work them hard to keep their fitness levels and concentration.
“And now we need to get back on it. There are a couple of little bits to finish off and then hopefully we will be ready for Monday night.
Jaïdi’s men saw off Liverpool 4-1 at the beginning of the season, thanks to an Olufela Olomola brace and single contributions from Josh Sims and Jake Hesketh.
Though Jaïdi knows that Liverpool, who currently sit 3rd in the Premier League 2 table, are not to be taken lightly.
“They are a good team,” he continued.
“They have good, experienced individuals and there is a lot of rotation around the pitch with clever movement.
“We played well against them at the beginning of the season and scored four excellent goals, so I am expecting another positive performance on Monday.”