Heskey backs Harry
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Emile Heskey has backed former Liverpool team-mate Harry Kewell.Emile Heskey has backed former Liverpool team-mate Harry Kewell to come good at Anfield.
With Liverpool struggling with injuries, Australian international Kewell was deployed up front against Birmingham on Saturday.
Kewell has consistently failed to live up to expectations at Anfield, and again produced a below-par effort in the 1-0 reverse against Blues.
Although up front is not his natural position, it is Kewell's continual lack of form that has frustrated the Reds crowd.
Birmingham man Heskey is aware of the weight of expectation at Anfield, and knows what Kewell is going through.
"It is hard for Harry because he is not an out-and-out striker," said Heskey.
"He has played up there before and if he sticks at it I am sure he is going to get some chances because Liverpool are creating lots at the moment.
"You could hear the crowd becoming unsettled and I know how difficult that is to cope with. But you have to try to blank out the criticism and stick to your game."
With Michael Owen gone, and £14 million man Djibril Cisse out with a broken leg, Milan Baros then picked up a hamstring injury to keep him in the stands on Saturday.
Rafa Benitez is hoping that the Czech Republic star could be back for next Saturday's visit of Crystal Palace.