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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 January, 2004, 12:58 GMT
Houllier hits back at Boumsong
Boumsong publicly criticised Houllier
Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has branded Jean-Alain Boumsong "deceitful" after the Auxerre player blamed him for the collapse of his move to Anfield

Boumsong claims he agreed to join Rangers because Houllier went back on a deal to bring him to Liverpool - but Houllier says that is nonsense.

"What Boumsong said is both deceitful and incorrect and Auxerre know this," Houllier told the club's website.

"Signing for Rangers is making a choice based on money."

The 24-year-old French player has agreed to join Rangers in the summer but he claims he had already struck a deal to move to Anfield.

"I awaited confirmation, but nothing came," said Boumsong.

Boumsong gave me his word that he would join Liverpool, we even shook hands
Gerard Houllier
"After waiting until November I understood Houllier did not want me. I found this attitude a bit surprising.

"The way he treats players tarnishes the grandiose image of this club. I am fed up with him."

But Houllier claims that an agreement had been reached to sign Boumsong but that the player and his camp changed their minds for financial reasons.

"The player gave me his word that he would join Liverpool, and we even shook hands," said Houllier.

"Everything was clear, including his salary and the length of his contract.

"I then learned that he and his agent had decided to sell him to the highest bidder from among Inter Milan, Juventus and Rangers.

"As far as I was concerned the matter was finished and I wish him good luck."

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