French duo enjoying Reds life
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The attacking duo have impressed in their debut seasons at Anfield after being thrown into the first team fold due to injuries.
The pair were expecting to learn their trade in the reserves to adapt to English football after their move from Le Havre, but they have grabbed their chance in the first team.
Pongolle admitted he found it hard to adapt to life in England at the beginning, but thanked Reds boss Gerard Houllier for showing patience towards him.
"Coming here was a risk, a chance to seize," Pongolle told France Football. "To play great matches with a good French team would have been great fun, but I can't complain about my situation at Liverpool.
"Of course I have to be honest and say it was very difficult at the beginning. The time to adapt was very long, and as I didn't play I began to doubt the move.
"However I continued to work and Gerard Houllier supported me. He was patient with me and asked me to be patient with myself."
Le Tallec is excited to be playing for Liverpool and believes he can improve as a player at Anfield.
"Of course our time on the pitch is not so important if we are in the first team, but don't forget we are at a very great club, and every day we are training beside great players. So we can improve," said Le Tallec.
The 19-year-old midfielder is aiming to keep his place in the squad once all the injured stars are back to full fitness.
"Of course I asked myself some questions when I saw Harry Kewell's arrival. However, I was confident as I had made a great preparation to the season," added Le Tallec.
"This season my aim is to be part of the group of 16 players and until now, I am.
"It is up to me to do my best to remain in the team while most of the injured players are back, except Milan Baros. But we play in a different position; Milan is a forward and I am a midfielder."