Ex-Liverpool ace: Drop flop & bring in local lad for Chelsea

Emile Heskey has called on Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers to drop Mario Balotelli and start Rickie Lambert during today’s clash with Chelsea.

Both strikers were drafted in over the summer during the ‘life beyond Luis Suarez’ planning at Anfield, but the duo have been give disproportionate playing time so far.

With Balotelli having cost £16m, the Italian has been given the lion’s share of the minutes, yet he’s responded with just two goals – neither in the Premier League – while his work rate has also been questioned.

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Lambert meanwhile has only three starts to his name, and has been unable to find the back of the net.

But despite the 32-year-old having looked off the pace in the red shirt of his hometown club, Heskey feels that he should be given the nod ahead of Balotelli:

“I would try Rickie Lambert to see what he is capable of doing because he is champing at the bit and we all know he has got goals in him.” He told talkSPORT.

“I am fan of Mario but at this moment in time it is not clicking for him. He probably needs just a bit of a rest to get that hunger back, that fight back, to go again.”

Heskey went on to defend Steven Gerrard, whose waning physical powers have been criticised this season:

“The manager wants him to play more of a holding role and he has done that role pretty well,” he said.

“I would start with Stevie. He is a dominant figure in there and with him on the pitch I think Liverpool are stronger.”

 


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