Le Havre hoping to keep Reds duo

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LE HAVRE president Jean-Pierre Louvel is hoping to keep Liverpool-bound duo Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle even if the club get relegated.

Le Havre are in the relegation zone in Le Championnat and have two games to save themselves from the drop.

Louvel has admitted that a drop down to Division Two would mean that the club would have to look at their squad and may have to sell due to financial reasons.

However, he said he would be hoping to keep both young French loan stars at the club despite them due to move to Anfield in the summer, mainly because they will have more chance to get regular action in France.

"There is inevitably a budget to keep to, we have an emergency plan in case we go down and hopefully we will not have to use it," said Louvel.

"There would also have to be changes with the team.

"If they stay here, they will continue to progress with Le Havre, which could be in their interests, as Liverpool have a very big squad.

"They must go to the Reds with sufficient experience, meaning that there are more chances of seeing them in Le Havre next year."

Both Le Tallec and Sinama-Pongolle are eagerly awaited arrivals on Merseyside, but Reds boss Gerard Houllier wants to make sure they are not thrown into the action too soon.

It may be that the teenagers will travel to Anfield in the summer and assessed further by the boss before he makes his final decision.

Le Havre also have fellow Liverpool youngster Alou Diarra on loan and he too could make the move to Merseyside in the summer.

Louvel also hoped to keep hold of highly-rated manager Jean-Francois Domergue should the worst happen, but admitted he could not stand in his way should a big top-flight side come in for him.