Former Liverpool striker can’t wait for ‘wonderful’ Anfield return

Emile Heskey's Bolton side make the trip to Anfield in the FA Cup

Emile Heskey is hoping for a good reception when the Bolton Wanderers striker makes his return to Anfield on Saturday.

The former England international spent four-and-a-half successful seasons at Liverpool before the powerful striker joined Birmingham City in 2006.

The fans were wonderful to me while I was there so I’ll hopefully get a good reception

Emile Heskey

Heskey made his return to English football late last year after the 37-year-old quit Australian A-League side Newcastle Jets before completing a move to Bolton.

Neil Lennon’s side face the Reds in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, and Heskey is eagerly anticipating an emotional trip back to the 18-time English champions.

“It’s a wonderful thing to go back. I’m 37, I’m not a young lad, so to go back and play at Anfield is a great thing,” Heskey told the FA’s website.

“It wasn’t long, a few months ago, when I was doing LFC TV so to actually be going back there and putting my boots on and playing against Liverpool is wonderful.

“I’ve thought about it, the fans were wonderful to me while I was there so I’ll hopefully get a good reception and play my heart out.”

Heskey scored 60 goals in 223 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool following his £11m move from Leicester City in 1999.

The former Wigan Athletic man won the FA Cup, two League Cups, Uefa Cup and Uefa Super Cup during his decorated spell on Merseyside.

Heskey scored on his Bolton debut as he helped Lennon’s men come from behind to win 2-1 against Blackburn Rovers in the Championship.

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