Reds starlet focused on survival
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sinama-Pongolle, along with team-mate Anthony Le Tallec, are due to arrive at Liverpool in the summer after playing at Le Havre.
Although Gerard Houllier has not yet decided whether to leave them in France to develop for another season, the 18-year-olds have been tipped to join the Anfield squad in the summer.
Despite this, Sinama-Pongolle says that he is still concentrating all his efforts on survival, as the club sit just five points outside the drop zone.
"It is premature to talk about Liverpool when the season here is still going on, and especially as Le Havre are not safe from relegation," said Sinama-Pongolle.
"Also, it all depends on Liverpool, and whatever manager Gerard Houllier decides to do.
"He is in constant contact with Jean Francois Domergue, and the day will arrive.
"But it is important to concentrate here and make sure that Le Havre remain in Division One, so that if I stay it will be in the top flight for another season."
The striker has been a relative success for Le Havre and has put in some good displays despite not scoring as many goals as he would have liked.
Le Tallec has struggled of late and has not been in the first team, and his friend and team-mate says that it is due to a temporary dip in confidence.
"He had the misfortune to injure himself when he had the chance to hold down a regular start," added Sinama-Pongolle.
"You know, Anthony plays a lot on confidence, and sometimes struggles with his mental strength.
"He has not always been able to play big games for the club and receive the full backing of the trainer.
"Even when he was picked by Jean Francois Domergue, there was always some doubt.
"He will get over it though, he can come back, I know his qualities and he himself does not doubt his ability."
The French youth international says that he has enjoyed playing in the top flight in France, and has modelled himself on Lyon's Brazilian hit-man Sonny Anderson, who is currently topping the scoring charts.
"Sonny Anderson is, for me, one of the best strikers around - he is my role model
"He is a player that I admire a lot because he works hard, he is fast and knows where the goal is."