posted on Apr, 13 2004 @ 02:31 PM
Auxerre defender Philippe Mexes
will not join Liverpool if the club fail to qualify for the Champions League.France international Mexes will leave in the summer for one of Europe's
giants and Auxerre boss Guy Roux said on Monday Liverpool had won the race.
Liverpool need to strengthen in that department with Igor Biscan, Sami Hyypia and Stephane Henchoz all performing inconsistently this season. Gerard
Houllier had been confident of signing Mexes but the statement by Jouanneaux is sure to rock Anfield - especially coming after the Reds' 1-0 home
defeat to Charlton on Saturday. That result severely damaged Liverpool's Champions League ambitions, with Newcastle now level on points with the Reds
but with a game in hand.Jouanneaux, who met Auxerre coach Guy Roux on Friday to discuss Mexes' future, added that Houllier had contacted him last
summer to talk about the defender's plans.The agent also confirmed that he has held discussions with unnamed Italian clubs over Mexes' transfer.
[Edited on 13/4/04 by TRD]