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Houllier 'No Point In Owen'

Gerard Houllier has ruled out a January move for Michael Owen as he believes Heskey and Carew will be coming back.

Speaking to the The Birmingham Mail Houllier confirmed that he was confident Heskey and Carew would be back in contention shortly following their injury layoffs and that removes the need to look at signing a striker in the New Year window.

'No, no. In terms of some strikers Emile and John will come back. There is no point.'

Houllier did however confirm that he was looking into signing a few players for other positions come the window, but he seems (contrary to most, if not all fans) happy with our lot up front.

One of our major concerns is our ability to finish the chances we create, and yes whilst that has been seriously hampered so far this season by the injury to Gabby, and then Heskey and Carew, fans have been calling out for a true poacher upfront for the last two seasons.

We are hopeful when it comes to Delfouneso and Weimann that they will be able to properly make the step up but like all players they will have periods of inconsistency as they learn, and consistency upfront amongst the experienced lads is known, well, to be lacking.

Even with Emile's resurgence of late, their are doubts it will last so Houllie's first mistake could be in not strengthening upfront if there is a viable option available.

Obviously, he can't be blamed if the right player, at the right price isn't available, but he hopefully won't rule out such a move if there is.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 17 2010

Time: 7:00AM

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I'm far from unhappy to read Mr Houllier's comments about Michael Owen, and for a variety of reasons. We have to be looking for a younger striker of proven quality, and while in his prime Owen was definitely up there with the very best, sadly those days are now long behind him.
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