Former Premier League player Stephen Warnock has shared lovely memories of Gerard Houllierwho passed away at the age of 73 at the start of this week. Stephen Warnock was on Sky Sports on Monday to talk about the Frenchman and the impact that he had on his Liverpool career.

Stephen Warnock was primarily a youth team player when Gerard Houllierwas in charge of the first team squad at Liverpool. He also played for Gerard Houllier while the Frenchman was the Aston Villa boss between 2010 and 2011.

Stephen Warnock urges Liverpool to keep hold of Wijnaldum


Former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock believes the Reds should keep hold of Georginio Wijnaldum despite their interest in signing Thiago Alcantara. The Premier League champions hold a keen interest in signing the Bayern Munich midfielder and reports have claimed that they could part ways with Wijnaldum to recoup funds for the transfer.

However, speaking to Stadium Astro, Warnock has said that his former employers will need the services of Wijnaldum in their ranks and they should look to offload the likes of Harry Wilson, Marko Grujic, Rhian Brewster to afford the £30m price tag for Thiago, he told: “There’s a lot of talk around Merseyside that Wijnaldum has to go for the deal to happen. I don’t think that’s necessarily the case.
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Warnock has his doubts over Nathan Ake’s move to Manchester City


Former Premier League defender Stephen Warnock has expressed his doubts over Nathan Ake, who is set to join Manchester City. The Dutchman has been a key player for Bournemouth over the past three years, but he is set to end his association with the club following their relegation from the top-flight.

Ake has been linked with a number of elite clubs including Manchester United and former side Chelsea, but the Cityzens have reportedly won the race to sign him. They are set to pay a fee of around £41m for the Netherlands international and that has raised questions whether he is worth the price tag.
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Football diversification lies in the hands of owners, claims Stephen Warnock


Stephen Warnock said that improving the diversity of football lies in the hands of the owners of the club. He said the club owners should be asking themselves why the number of black managers is scarce in the league. There are 91 league clubs in England and there are only six managers who are from the background of BAME. This shows how the English league is void of the black people when it comes to in terms of power.

Warnock feels that it is the responsibility of the top clubs in the league to make steps forward in order to improve the current lack of diversity in the clubs when it comes to high profile positions. He also mentioned the importance of Rooney Rule which might help to improve the ethnic diversity among the clubs.
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Warnock believes German forward would be an ideal signing for Liverpool

Former Liverpool ace Stephen Warnock believes Timo Werner could be an ideal signing for Liverpool, given he could make a key impact in the away games. The Germany international has been constantly linked with the Reds in recent months but RB Leipzig are quite clear that they won’t sanction his sale for anything less than the £52m release clause on his contract.

As a result, the Merseyside outfit have stalled on their pursuit but Warnock believes the 24-year-old would prove a quality signing for the Reds with his pace on the counter-attack, he told: “Away from home I think Werner would be really dangerous because of his pace and Liverpool’s counter-attacking football. He would enjoy the prospect of working with Klopp, although what you’d ideally want is for him to have a full pre-season to understand what the manager wants.”
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Lampard praises Arrizabalaga’s character after Chelsea’s win vs Everton

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has heaped praise on goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga following the club’s 4-0 win over Everton in the Premier League on Sunday. The Spain international had fallen out-of-favour for the goalkeeping role over the past month but he has recently redeemed himself with back-to-back clean sheets in all competitions.

One of those came during the convincing triumph over the Toffees and speaking after that game, Lampard was impressed with the shot-stopping of the Spain international, he told reporters: “Kepa has been out of the team and showed character and he has come in for two clean sheets and made saves, and had a brave moment at the end of this game. Ross Barkley and Marcos Alonso have come back in and that is what we need. It does not matter if you are four months from the end of your contract or out the team for a month, you have to train every day full pelt, be a brilliant team-mate and when you come in you have to try to contribute.”
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Draw Match between Real and Manchester City

The match between Manchester City and Real Madrid was a draw in the last 16 teams of the Champions League. However, Manchester City has enjoyed a lot of draws in some of the recent matches of the competition, but it seems now they have run out of their lucky time zone. They topped the group at the Champions League that featured Dinamo Zagreb, Atalanta, and Shakhtar Donetsk. They have been handed Schalke and Basel at the current stage in the last two seasons.

Stephen Warnock is the former defender of Liverpool. According to his words, the team of the Manchester City club must not fear the current side of Real Madrid. He commented that he does not think that it is the same side of Real Madrid who was successful in beating Liverpool in the year 2018. It is absolutely not possible for them to beat a team like Manchester City without Cristiano Ronaldo. In regard to this, he also stated that this is the perfect time to show what they can do and play them. They might get back Aymeric Laporte in their team.

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Stephan Warnock raves about Liverpool star Sadio Mane

Sky Sports pundit Stephan Warnock has said that Sadio Mane has improved into a better player during his time at Liverpool. The Senegal international has been with the Reds for the past three years and during this period, he has transformed into one of the Premier League’s best forwards and has contributed goals at regular intervals.

Mane ended the previous campaign with his best-ever season tally of 26 goals across all competitions and he has continued in the same vein of form this term with eight goals to date. Speaking on Sky Sports, Warnock said that Mane has been immense for the Reds in recent seasons and his partnership with Andy Robertson is mesmerising to watch.

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Warnock confident Steve Bruce can handle the task at Newcastle United

Sky Sports pundit Stephen Warnock is confident that manager Steve Bruce can turn the fortunes of Newcastle United despite the slow beginning to the Premier League campaign. The Magpies have lost their first two league games of the season against Arsenal and Norwich City and this sees them in the relegation mix.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Warnock said that Bruce has plenty of experience managing at the Premier League level and he is positive that the veteran can transform the club’s results over a period of time, he said: “I think Steve Bruce has bags of experience, I wouldn’t be too concerned just yet. They’ve got new players in there, Joelinton has got to adapt to the game, to the pace of the Premier League, and there are other players who have come in as well. Erm I’d give Steve Bruce time, he is more than experienced enough to deal with these problems.”

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Warnock believes Robertson is arguably the world’s best left-back

Former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock believes Andrew Robertson is arguably the best left-back in the world at the present point of time. The Scotland international has been a revelation since the £8m move to Anfield from Hull City and last season, he was exceptional with 13 assists across all competitions for the Reds.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Warnock said that he has been impressed with the progress of both Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold over the past year. He added to reserve special praise for Robertson stating that the Scot has been able to make the difference in an attacking point of view without leaving any gap at the back for the opposition to exploit.

He said: “Both Andy and Trent on the other side had incredible seasons. I think last season with the protection that Andy got from the midfielders, whether that be Fabinho, James Milner, Gini Wijnaldum or Jordan Henderson, he knew he was able to make those runs forward without leaving gaps behind him. When he is going forward, the quality of delivery he possesses is brilliant. Your modern day full-back can often attack, but can he defend? Robbo can do both comfortably and for me, and I’ve said it before, he is arguably the best left-back in the world at the moment.”

Robertson had found himself competing with Alberto Moreno for the left-back role during the early stages of the 2017/18 season. However, 25-year-old managed to soon take over the position with Moreno tending to make mistakes, and he has not looked back ever since with a string of consistent performances.

Liverpool managed to win the Champions League during the previous campaign and that meant that they ended a seven-year wait for a trophy. However, the Reds could not celebrate Premier League success after finishing one point behind eventual champions Manchester City but they have the chance to give it another go during the forthcoming campaign.