Emile Heskey is relishing the opportunity to play at Anfield once again, when Liverpool take on Bolton in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.
Heskey was a key part of the Liverpool side that won the FA Cup in 2001, scoring a semi-final goal in the win over Wycome Wanderers on route to cup success.
The 37-year-old made a surprise return to English football with Bolton in December, and admits it is a great surprise to be heading back to the club he served for four years between 2000 and 2004.
“It’s a wonderful thing to go back,” said Heskey.
“I’m 37, I’m not a young lad; to go back and play at Anfield is a great thing. It wasn’t long ago, a few months ago, when I was doing LFCTV 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. I’ll hopefully get a good reception and play my heart out.”
Were Heskey’s Bolton to cause an upset on Saturday, it would put an end to Steven Gerrard’s hopes of FA Cup glory in his final season at Anfield.
And Heskey admits he was surprised to learn the decision of the man he played alongside during the Reds cup successess in 2001 and 2003.
“I believe he’s probably leaving maybe a year or so too soon,” he added.
“But he’s probably weighed up the options, looked at everything and thinks right now is about the right time.”