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Exclusive: Emile Heskey admits Olivier Giroud v Liverpool worry

Liverpool take on Chelsea tonight with the Reds desperate for a win. This is a game which could prove vital in the final reckoning for the top four. Jürgen Klopp’s attack will need to be in fine form with the defence still inexperienced. Speaking exclusively to Rousing the Kop, Emile Heskey admitted he’s worried about Olivier Giroud.

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Liverpool take on Chelsea

The Reds title defence got off to a strong start with Liverpool beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge early on in the season.

Since then Jürgen Klopp’s side have been devastated by an unthinkable injury crisis, causing a slip down the table.

Now it is a battle for a top four place, beating Chelsea tonight would see the Reds back in the top four if only temporarily.

Tonight is likely to see the return of Fabinho to the starting lineup whilst Diogo Jota and Naby Keita are expected to be named on the bench.

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The visitors have a near enough fully fit squad and a manager very familiar with Jürgen Klopp; Thomas Tuchel and the Reds’ gaffer are good friends.

Emile Heskey on Olivier Giroud

Ahead of the game we caught up with Emile Heskey.

We asked the Anfield icon who he thinks the Chelsea dangerman is; speaking exclusively to Rousing the Kop, Emile Heskey told us Olivier Giroud is one to watch out for:

“I don’t think Olivier Giroud gets enough respect. Put the ball in certain areas you can’t defend that guy.

“That’s where you’ve got to stop the ball at source. Put the ball in the box against some young lad he’ll be thriving on that, he’ll be demanding that ball in the box.

“That’s my only worry, he only needs half a yard and you look at his goal scoring record, it’s not bad.”

What RTK has to say

Emile Heskey is right to single out Olivier Giroud.

Ozan Kabak has frequently been caught ball watching and that plays right into the Frenchman’s hands.

The Reds will need to be on high alert with the veteran striker around. Keeping him quiet could prove pivotal.

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