Houllier warns Henchoz over place
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Frenchman insists that the Swiss international is not guaranteed a return to the starting line-up once he regains full fitness due to the impressive form of Djimi Traore.
Henchoz is back in training after over a month out with a calf injury, but Traore has proved to be a more than capable deputy in the absence of the former Blackburn star.
Henchoz has targeted next Thursday's Uefa Cup tie with Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem as a possible comeback date, but Houllier admitted he is more than happy to keep faith with Traore with The Reds conceding only two goals in Henchoz's absence in the Premiership.
"Djimi is improving rapidly. He's strong in the air and on the floor, he's got good feet and there have been no lapses in concentration," said Houllier.
"He wanted to go out on loan this summer for first team football but I said no. We had a good conversation about the matter when we were in Le Havre in pre-season and I told him he couldn't go because football changes so quickly that he would get his chance and now he is repaying my faith in him."
Houllier believes that Traore can emulate fellow Frenchman William Gallas if he continues to progress as he is.
"He's still young. William Gallas is now revealing himself as a very good defender and two or three years ago he was sat on the bench in Marseille," added Houllier.
Meanwhile, former Trinidad & Tobago Under-17 coach Dion La Foucade has been recommended to Liverpool's coaching staff after impressing Reds Academy coach Iain Brunskill.
Brunskill attended a course taught by La Foucade and he was impressed by his work.
"Over 200 young players attended the course and I found it to be extremely beneficial and rewarding to myself and more importantly, to the young players.
"He is extremely knowledgeable about the game, which is immediately apparent from his wealth of experience and qualifications gained throughout the footballing world."