Southampton v Liverpool: Mauricio Pochettino believes in Luke Shaw ahead of his World Cup audition against Luis Suarez

Shaw received his first call-up to Roy Hodgson's England squad for the friendly against Denmark but he must come through today's clash with Liverpool first

England new boy Luke Shaw is ready to pass his World Cup audition against “world-class” Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, according to Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Saints host Liverpool at St Mary's in Barclays Premier League action on Saturday aiming to shrug off a disappointing 3-1 defeat at West Ham.

Teenage left-back Shaw could have his hands full with goal machine Suarez, should the Uruguay star maraud down the right flank as he has in recent weeks for the Reds.

However, Pochettino is confident the 18-year-old, who this week won his first senior England call-up for next week's friendly against Denmark, can cope with the in-form striker in a precursor to a possible World Cup showdown - with Roy Hodgson's men facing Uruguay in Brazil this summer.

"Liverpool play in a system where Suarez could appear on the right, so in that case he would be facing Luke Shaw," said former Argentina defender Pochettino.

"In that case we'll see if he has a chance to defend against him.

"I think we're talking about Southampton against Liverpool, not individuals.

"But if Luke Shaw has been called up to the English national side, it's because he is considered able to go well against any player.

"And that means he is respected and trusted enough to go up against the likes of Suarez, and he certainly is at this club.

"Luke is fully prepared mentally for this, he's grown and matured a lot in the last year.

"It will help him grow in the future, playing with the best this country has to offer and being managed by a great manager in Roy Hodgson.

"He has great maturity, intelligence, the full support of his own family and the Southampton family too.

"If anything should happen and he should come back in a different way, his family is right behind him to make sure there are no consequences."

Pochettino believes only a flawless defensive game will allow Southampton the chance of victory against the high-flying Reds.

The former Espanyol boss challenged his players to starve Liverpool of possession in a bid to limit the visitors' goalscoring opportunities.

"We must try to keep possession against Liverpool, not let them create any, or at least very few, chances," he said.

"It's clear that we're facing one of the best strikers (Suarez), not just in England, but in the world, in my opinion.

"But it's not just him: (Philippe) Coutinho, (Daniel) Sturridge, (Raheem) Sterling and others, they are all very much quality players.

"And it's clear we'll need a perfect game without the ball, to stop them creating chances, to give ourselves an opportunity to win the game.

"They are one of the main candidates to win the league, but the most consistent side in there will be the one to come out victorious."

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

How do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? By employing these people
Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?
How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

How a composer turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, she says it is a life-affirming piece
11 best bedside tables

11 best bedside tables

It could be the first thing you see in the morning, so make it work for you. We find night stands, tables and cabinets to wake up to
Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?

Italy vs England player ratings

Did Townsend's goal see him beat Kane and Rooney to top marks?
Danny Higginbotham: An underdog's tale of making the most of it

An underdog's tale of making the most of it

Danny Higginbotham on being let go by Manchester United, annoying Gordon Strachan, utilising his talents to the full at Stoke and plunging into the world of analysis
Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police

Steve Bunce: Inside Boxing

Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police
No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat