"He can play several positions up front and sacrifice himself for the team. You win things when you have players of the calibre of Emile Heskey. I signed Emile because of these qualities. He’s a diamond of a player, he embodies all the right qualities of a professional footballer. He’s very hard-working, sacrifices himself for the team. He’s always decisive because he’s so strong."
"Emile is someone who needs his own confidence to be up, and at the moment it is suffering a bit. But you have to accept that the players are human beings. I
know he does not always like being on the left, but people know how to defend against him now when he's up front."
Houllier in December 2002
"My uncle supported Liverpool when I was really young. I was around him a lot and I suppose he influenced me. I have followed them ever since."
Heskey on his arrival at LFC
"Another strong, silent type who prefers to let his football do his talking. He is known around the club as Ivanhoe — that’s his middle name and the lads take great delight in reminding him of it."
Owen in 2001 on Emile I. Heskey
"My priority has always been to get my best players to stay at this club. I will tell you this, though, if Liverpool were to come in with £7m and we get double that offer from Barcelona, I will taxi him over to Spain myself. Whatever, it will be Emile Heskey's choice in the end."
Martin O' Neill on Emile Heskey in December 1999, four months before Heskey joined Liverpool for 11 million pounds
"Wherever you play it is an incentive to be up there with the great strikers of the past. So what I am trying to do at Liverpool is hopefully match the achievements of Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush. I was also a huge fan of John Barnes as a youngster and always wanted to be like him. It is a dream of mine to go on and become a Liverpool legend. I was a Liverpool fan as a kid and what we have done so far this season has been brilliant. I want to be successful here and I believe we can be with the squad we have."
Emile Heskey in May 2001