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Exclusive: Emile Heskey backs Liverpool to bounce back against Everton

This weekend Liverpool take on their noisy neighbours across from Stanley Park. The Premier League champions will be making the short trip to Goodison to take on Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton who are currently top of the Premier League. The Blues have made a 100 per cent start to the season and face a Reds side still licking their wounds following that embarrassing 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa. Speaking exclusively to Rousing the Kop, Anfield icon Emile Heskey has tipped his former side to bounce back.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 10: Emile Heskey looks on before the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City at White Hart Lane on January 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Harry Hubbard/Getty Images)

Both enjoyed excellent transfer windows

Liverpool and Everton have enjoyed similar success off the pitch with both sides spending shrewdly and smartly in the transfer window this summer.

Three-time Champions League-winning manager Ancelotti has successfully utilised his status as one of the world’s best managers to add the likes of James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucouré to Everton’s ranks.

Liverpool similarly have targeted key areas of the squad with smart deals following the acquisitions of Kostas Tsimikas, Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota.

Heskey on Everton clash

We spoke with Anfield icon Emile Heskey as Liverpool make the trip to Goodison.

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The ex England forward is confident that Liverpool will bounce back following their heaviest defeat in over 50 years and will come out on top against their old enemy.

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He said: “I’m going for a Liverpool win. I’m going 2-1. Very close. We have to work on our stuff and keep possession and try and keep the ball away from them [Everton] and then there is no chance of them scoring.”

“James [Rodriguez] is the key to everything. I think Rodriguez is the one if you can keep quiet a lot of the good things don’t tend to tick as much.”

Heskey also commented on the prospect of Everton going toe-to-toe with the Reds for the league title this season and claimed it would be a fantastic prospect for the city of Liverpool.

“I hope they do. It adds that little bit of spice”, he added.

“Do I think they can, probably not as I don’t think they have enough players who have been in that situation long enough to keep that pressure on.

“But it’s great to see them up in the sense of doing well and for the city and the rivalry we have. It adds a little bit of spice.”

Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) and Everton’s Italian head coach Carlo Ancelotti (R) embrace at the end of the game during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park in Liverpool, north west England on June 21, 2020. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by JON SUPER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

What RTK have to say

We have to agree with the ex-Red here.

Liverpool have rightly been dubbed as ‘mentality monsters’ by their manager Jurgen Klopp and the Reds arrive at the ground of their common enemy looking to make history.

In this fixture, Liverpool never lose – you’d have to go all the way back to October 2010 for their last derby defeat.

Goodison may be the shortest journey in terms of Liverpool’s away-day travels but it has also become an unwelcome trip with seven of the previous eight fixtures at this ground ending goalless.

Whether or not Thiago Alcantara starts could be crucial as the Reds will require his tactical nous and ability to dictate the tempo of the match towards Liverpool’s favour.

If he starts, it will be the Spaniard’s full Liverpool debut – talk about the perfect baptism of fire.

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