TRAORE SIGNS NEW DEAL
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gerard Houllier is delighted that the 20-year-old has pledged his future to Liverpool as he continues to assemble a squad of young players capable of challenging for major honours.
"When we bought Djimi he was 18 years of age and I said then he was a player for the future," said Houllier. "He is now 20 and I think he has definitely proven his worth. I have no doubts that he will make his mark in the Liverpool team over the coming years."
Houllier insists that he is building to the future unlike other clubs, who he believes are taking the wrong approach by buying established older players.
"Some clubs have taken a different approach buying older, established players but we are building a squad who will grow together and reach their peak at the same time," added Houllier.
"I know how much the fans want success here again. We are not there yet but we are constantly improving and have a group of players who are committed to the Red shirt.
"Igor Biscan has the potential to be world class, whereas further down the line Gregory Vignal and Daniel Sjolund have very promising futures.
"You have to buy potential as we have done with Emile Heskey and Igor. If you hesitate nowadays the top clubs will snap up the best talent.
"The Academy remains central to our plans and it was good to see Richie Partridge and Stephen Wright make their debuts in the record-breaking win at Stoke."
Another of Liverpool's young stars, Frode Kippe will stay at Second Division Stoke City after Liverpool agreed to extend his loan spell at the Britannia Stadium until the end of the season.