Emile Heskey explains why he swapped Leicester City for Liverpool

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Heskey was a record signing for Liverpool back in 2000.

Emile Heskey scores v Roma

Emile Heskey has explained to the Daily Express why he swapped Leicester City for Liverpool 16 years ago, for what was a then-club record £11 million fee.

Heskey had a promising career at Leicester having helped the side into the top flight and to win two League Cups before making the switch to Anfield. 

He told the Daily Express: "I was 22 at the time, I went through two cup finals with Leicester and the play-offs final - in essence I thought that was as far as we were gonna go as a squad.

Liverpool's Emile Heskey celebrates

"And I chose to move because I wanted to win more - so that was my reason behind that. Looking at it I thought that was as far as Leicester could go but then they go and win the league!"

Heskey did indeed further his career with Liverpool and he seemed to make the right choice by scoring 60 goals from 223 games - winning two League Cups, the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup - and playing his part on a memorable European night against Roma when he scored the goal that took the Reds to the Champions League quarter-finals in 2002. 

Liverpool's Emile Heskey celebrates v Coventry

Obviously, Heskey did not envisage, like many of us, what would happen to Leicester in the coming years by getting promoted to the Premier League in 2014, only to win the title two seasons later, although it is safe to say it is doubtful he stuck around the club until now whether he would have had a major part to play or if he was wanted given the path his career took since.

Heskey did refer to Jamie Vardy's current future in the interview, urging him to stay and cement his legendary status at the club. Vardy has probably already experienced the highlight of his career, Heskey's highlights came with his move. 

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