Houllier’s ‘˜gems’ set to go

Out of favour French youngsters Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle are set to leave Liverpool this week, three years after signing for the club.

Neither player has been able to break into the first team regularly since being signed by former Reds boss Gerard Houllier in 2003.

The club have been forced to loan both players out in the past, and now Rafael Benitez is looking to offload the 21-year-olds who are not part of his plans.

Le Tallec looks set to sign for French side Sochux. He impressed in the French league at St Etienne during a loan spell there last year.

And striker Sinama-Pongolle has attracted the interest of Spanish outfit Osasuna after a good loan spell at Blackburn Rovers towards the end of last season.

With Pongolle set to leave, Benitez will step up the pace on signing a new striker in time for the new season with only Peter Crouch, Craig Bellamy and Robbie Fowler his first team forwards.

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