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Exclusive: Emile Heskey backs Curtis Jones to start against Chelsea

Liverpool face Chelsea this week with a win crucial to the Reds’ top four hopes. Jürgen Klopp will be well aware of how big this game is both to the final league standings and in terms of the bitter rivalry between the sides. There is a selection dilemma in the middle; Emile Heskey believes Curtis Jones has to start against Chelsea.

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Liverpool take on Chelsea

Level on games played, Chelsea are currently one point ahead of Liverpool in the league.

A win for the Reds would put them fourth, if only temporarily.

Jürgen Klopp’s side know how vital a Champions League spot could be to their summer transfer plans, they will be determined to put their tough past couple of months behind them.

The Reds will be with returning star Fabinho expected in the starting XI whilst Diogo Jota and Naby Keita should at least make the bench.

Emile Heskey on Curtis Jones v Chelsea

The midfield is something of a predicament for Jürgen Klopp tonight.

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With a trio of players returning to fitness just who starts in the centre is anybody’s guess.

Emile Heskey believes Curtis Jones has to start against Chelsea tonight, he told Rousing the Kop:

“I would definitely put Curtis Jones in there because I like the way he creates stuff.

“I would definitely go for Curtis Jones, a young lad, a local lad knows what it means to be playing in these games.

“He’s driven, he wants to succeed and wants to win, gives you something different in there, someone who can drive with the ball – I’d 100% go with him.”

What RTK has to say

Curtis Jones starting against Chelsea could be the key to winning tonight.

The Scouser is brave and inventive and as Emile Heskey pointed out he is a local lad who knows how important this game is.

He was one of only two players to do himself justice in the Merseyside Derby, he shows up for these crunch ties.

Hopefully we’ll see him write himself into folklore tonight.

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