Heskey will keep getting better, predicts Villa boss Houllier
Gerard Houllier believes the best could still be yet to come from Aston Villa's Emile Heskey even though the striker will be 33 next month.
Heskey has been revitalised since his former Liverpool boss Houllier took charge at Villa Park three months ago.
He had scored three goals in six games before suffering a knee injury and added to that tally in his comeback appearance against West Brom on Saturday.
But Houllier believes Heskey has the desire to still improve even after nearly 15 years in the game.
Houllier said: "Emile is a player that all the time needs confidence.
"He has got the confidence of his team-mates and he is a likeable person.
"When he was at Leicester, I recruited him (for Liverpool) so I know what he is capable of.
"Don't forget, he hadn't played for a long time before yesterday (six weeks) because he had this knee operation.
"When you come back from an operation, to bring that sort of performance to the team, is tremendous."
Houllier added: "Is there more to come from Heskey? There is no age to stop you making progress.
"You can progress at any time providing you have got the energy, physical and mental energy.
"He has got both of those, I can tell you. He likes the club, he likes his team-mates, he is a lovable person."
Houllier would have seen reports claiming a training ground bust-up involving defender Richard Dunne, himself and assistant manager Gary McAllister.