Houllier rules out transfer spree

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LIVERPOOL boss Gerard Houllier has again reiterated that he will not be making any new signings when the transfer window re-opens later this week.

There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Liverpool's options for moves in the transfer market but Houllier insists he has no plans to bring in any new faces as he is happy with his current squad at Anfield.

It had been suggested that Houllier would embark on a massive spending spree in January to help Liverpool out of their current slump and they were linked with a host of names including Barcelona's Marc Overmars, Monaco's Ludovic Giuly and Charlton's Paul Konchesky, but Houllier has ruled out the possibility of making any new signings.

"I have no intention of signing anyone," said Houllier. "I trust my staff and my players and I know we have a good enough squad to achieve success. We showed that in the second half at Arsenal.

"I enjoy working with my players. We have been through a period of progress together and I always knew there would come a spell when we hit a sort of a plateau. But I've been pleased with their attitude throughout the bad patch. Some of them have been absolutely outstanding.

"I don't anticipate an opportunity coming up during the transfer window for me to sign a new player. I'm happy with what we have.

"I don't think anyone will be leaving either. If a player comes up to me and says he wants to go then the door is open. But not many players say that because Liverpool is a good club."

Meanwhile, Liverpool's young Finnish striker Daniel Sjolund has joined Swedish side Djurgarden on loan until the end of the season.

The Finnish Under-21 international, who arrived at Anfield as part of the deal which saw defender Rigobert Song move to West Ham United in December 2000, has failed to make the breakthrough into the first-team.

Sjolund was happy with the move after growing increasingly frustrated at his lack of chances on Merseyside.

"This is a good move for me," Sjolund told Swedish daily Aftonbladet. "Other Allsvenskan clubs were chasing me but I lived in Stockholm when I played for Brommapojkarna, therefore the choice of Djurgarden was easy."

Sjolund is Djurgarden`s second signing following the capture of Kenneth Storvik from Rosenborg on a two-year deal.