After having build PgPool-II on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 without any problem, I tried to build it on a fresh Debian Etch. The catch is that I did not want to install PostgreSQL 9.0, but just extract it from the binary packages provided by Entreprisedb (with option --extract-only 1).
Whatever options I passed to ./configure, it resulted in the same error:
Here is the answer: the binary package contains the libpq with the name libcrypto.so.0.9.8 (the RHEL name) when pgpool is looking libcrypto.so.6 on Debian. The same applies to libssl. So a simple
before your ./configure will solve it!