Rivaldo’s stated desire to play for Liverpool, looks unlikely to be realised after Gerard Houllier revealed he was not interested in signing the Brazilian.

Rivaldo, who has struggled this season at Milan, admitted he would like to finish his career in England.

“If I could choose my next team, and if they want me, it will be Liverpool,” he told the News of the World newspaper.

“It would be an honour for me to wear their red shirt and I would regard it as a dream to play alongside Michael Owen.”

“The otherday I was watching them play Chelsea and I could not stop watching their midfield. I have a few ideas about how I could fit in.

“I have decided that I want one or two seasons in England before the end of my career and I want it to be at Liverpool.”

However, Liverpool boss Houllier has admitted that signing big-name players at a huge cost, does not fit in with his transfer policy at Anfield.

“Don’t get me wrong, Rivaldo is a fantastic player, but bringing in high-profile players is not the way I work.

“They cost a lot of money for a limited number of years and I don’t like that kind of risk.”

“We don’t need four or five players, my plan is to bring in just one or two.

“What has happened this season has not broken my belief in this team. I know there are areas we need to improve and sometimes this season we have lacked creativity.