Too Early For Talks With Hokey-Cokey
Gerard Houllier has said it is still too early for him to sit down with Nigel Reo-Coker and discuss a new contract, but he has been impressed with what he's seen so far.
Speaking to the Sunday Mercury Houllier explained that he has been impressed by Hokey's drive and determination in midfield and he's been happy with his performances so far in terms of protecting the back four, but he still still Hokey needs more of a run in the team before he can say he's 100% match fit.
'He hasn't had many games, so he needs a run of games before he settles in and gets to a good level. He's done well though. I like his competitiveness and fighting energy.'
As for the new contract, Houllier explains he believes it's too early to discuss that just yet, but the delay in itself isn't an indication of a problem. He simply wants more time to assess players for qualities such as consistency.
'It is too early because I've only been here for a month, and we've been away for two weeks. Obviously Nigel's performance sends a message to me.'
Houllier adds again that the first target for Coker is to settle into the team and show the consistency in his performances and well as a little more control given his role in the squad, as he's prone to pushing too far forward during a game. But Houllier knows that will 'come with the games'.
After yesterday's match Hokey would've no doubt improved his chances further, just a shame he couldn't be a proper hero and have buried that little lob in the dying minutes.
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