Emile Heskey says Anfield return aged 37 for cup tie is 'wonderful'

Emile Heskey
Veteran Bolton striker Emile Heskey won the FA Cup with Liverpool in 2001

Bolton striker Emile Heskey says he is delighted to be going back to Liverpool as a player in the FA Cup when only a few months ago he was working for the club's TV channel.

The ex-England international played for the Reds from 2000-2004.

He is in Bolton's squad for Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at Anfield.

"It's a wonderful thing to go back to Anfield. Only a few months ago I was working on LFC TV! To go back as a player at 37 is great," Heskey said.

"The fans were wonderful to me while I was there and I'll hopefully get a good reception and play my heart out. To be there on that stage brings the best out of you."

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The veteran forward scored 60 goals in 223 appearances in all competitions during his time at Liverpool.

He returned to English football after signing a short-term deal with Bolton in December following a spell with Australian A-League side Newcastle Jets.

Heskey was team-mates with Bolton boss Neil Lennon at Leicester City before he made an £11m move to Liverpool in 2000.

He won the FA Cup with Liverpool in 2001 and admits the competition still has a special place in his heart.

"The FA Cup still means everything," added Heskey, who also played for Aston Villa, Wigan and Birmingham and was capped 62 times by England.

"When you're growing up it's the one everyone wants to win and I have been lucky enough to do that."

Listen to more from Heskey in 5 live Sport from 12:00 GMT on Saturday, plus listen to live 5 live commentary of Liverpool v Bolton at 15:00 GMT.

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