Emile Heskey firmly believes Leicester are real Premier League title contenders and has supported them as the team most likely to challenge Liverpool for their crown.
The former England international’s former clubs meet at Anfield on Sunday in the Foxes’ final qualifying test. Indeed, our predictions don’t expect the game to go entirely in the direction of Liverpool..
Leicester have won six consecutive matches in all competitions. They also beat Manchester City 5-2 in September and apparently haven’t suffered any hangovers from last season’s top four heartache.
Liverpool’s title defense has them one point behind Fox, heading into Sunday night’s game.
And Heskey, speaking to PA News Agency, is adamant that Brendan Rodgers’ side can stay the course.
“They are real contenders for the title and I don’t see them falling too much, unlike last season,” Heskey said.
“Brendan will understand why they fell last season and how to fix it.
“So they gave up the top four so they would like to stay there. That will be their goal. They are in a better place than last year. Even the manager is better placed to understand the players over the long term.
“The results are everywhere, so it’s hard to say who will challenge. I still think of Manchester City – but Leicester have the best chance of winning the league. It’s because you would have thought that others, like Arsenal and Manchester United, would be difficult.
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Heskey support for Roberto Firmino
Heskey moved to Anfield from Leicester in 2000 for £ 11million and scored 60 goals in 228 games for the Reds.
The 42-year-old has won two League Cups, the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup in four years at Anfield.
He was in awe of Diogo Jota’s impact after his £ 41million move with Wolves in September.
However, Heskey is adamant that the Reds forward Roberto Firmino must not yet be written off.
Jota has scored seven times so far – including a Champions League treble at Atalanta – while Firmino has only scored once in 12 appearances.
“I played with a lot of guys from the national team so I was lucky, but it’s exciting (joining Liverpool),” Heskey said.
“You are with some of the best players in the world and that can only make you better. He was excellent, he will be pushed and pushed differently.
“But Firmino is still the key, he’s an integral part of their way of playing. He’s a fantastic player, maybe it’s not just about goals, but movement, cunning, cunning, ball play. We have seen it all.
“I said that about Michael (Owen) too. He would be playing injured, but just having Michael there also gave the others a boost because they know they have the talented man on the pitch.
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