WARNOCK THINKS MANCHESTER CITY HAVE A GEM IN THEIR RANKS

Manchester City’s Phil Foden is an ‘absolute genius’ and England boss Gareth Southgate needs to utilise him a lot more. That is the view of former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock, speaking after the Three Lions’ shock defeat on Tuesday night. The Manchester City attacker has managed only 24 minutes of his country’s four games in this competition thus far. And Warnock believes that starting him more regularly could be the key to unlocking Tottenham Hotspur and England captain Harry Kane up front.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live that if you want to create for Harry Kane, it has to come from somewhere. Phil Foden is a genius, an absolute genius, he could be one of the most decorated footballers of the English game because he is that good and started so young at Manchester City. He added that the young star is one of the first names in their team but he doesn’t understand why he struggles to get into the England team.  Foden is definitely the real deal, with Gary Lineker once claiming last season he could even play for Liverpool. Continue reading ”                WARNOCK THINKS MANCHESTER CITY HAVE A GEM IN THEIR RANKS”

NEW SALAH CONTRACT IS A NO-BRAINER

Ex-Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock is certain that the club will benefit immensely from handing star man Mohamed Salah a new lucrative deal. According to him, a new Liverpool deal for the Egyptian international is a no-brainer. Stephen Warnock discussed the contractual situation involving Salah and Liverpool in a chat monitored by media portal Liverpool Offside.

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Liverpool officials are worried about breaking their well structured wage bill to accommodate a new contract for Salah, but former Premier League star Warnock believes that the player’s status as a global icon plus the commercial boom from him will cancel out any concerns that the 29-year-old won’t live up to his wage demands.
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WARNOCK REVEALS WOLVES FANS’ JOTA TREATMENT

Ex-Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers defender Stephen Warnock revealed how the Wolves fans treated in-form Liverpool attacker Diogo Jota poorly on his return to the club on Saturday. Portugal international Jota was a Wolves player until last summer when he sealed a big money move to Liverpool.

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The Reds were said to have signed Jota from Wolves for an initial fee of £41m that could rise to £45m based on add-ons.
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WARNOCK EXPRESSES CONCERN FOR ‘FIT-AGAIN’ VVD

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Ex-Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock has expressed concern for Virgil Van Dijk (VVD) who’s back in the Reds starting XI after recovering from a serious knee injury. Liverpool centre back Virgil Van Dijk missed the majority of last season after he picked up the knee injury as a result of a poor challenge from England international Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside Derby.

Stephen Warnock expressed his concern for Virgil Van Dijk on how he would be able to adjust to pacy attackers on his return to Premier League football. Warnock talked about Van Dijk and Premier League football while he was on Sky Sports for punditry last month. According to Stephen Warnock, Van Dijk might have a big problem when he comes up against fast attackers such as Leicester City star Jamie Vardy and Manchester United player Marcus Rashford. Continue reading “WARNOCK EXPRESSES CONCERN FOR ‘FIT-AGAIN’ VVD”

EVERTON: WARNOCK SPEAKS ON CONTE

Ex-Liverpool and Aston Villa player Stephen Warnock has questioned Everton and the possibility of making a statement appointment for their vacant managerial job. Stephen Warnock talked about Everton and Antonio Conte while he was fielding questions on Sky Sports News.

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Stephen Warnock wondered if Everton could make an appointment as big as Conte. Italian tactician Conte was the Inter Milan manager before he exited the club earlier this summer despite leading the Nerazzuri to the first league title in over a decade.
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PHILIPS PRAISED FOR PERFORMANCE AGAINST UNITED

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips has received high praise from former Premier League player Stephen Warnock after his impressive outing against Manchester United in the penultimate league for Leeds United at the end of last month.

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Stephen Warnock told Monday Night Football on Sky Sports that Phillips showed why he’s highly rated by England national team manager Gareth Southgate and Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa with his performance against the Red Devils at Elland Road penultimate Sunday.
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WARNOCK SAYS MANE SHOULD BE DROPPED

Former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock has called on the Reds manager Jurgen Klopp to drop Senegalese winger Sadio Mane as the player has been off-form lately and does not deserve a starting spot in the team for now.

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Mane has not been in the best of form recently and has been barren for his side this season even when they have needed him the most. He continued his poor form of the campaign against Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League clash between the two sides that was played at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium.
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NEWCASTLE WON’T SUFFER RELEGATION – WARNOCK

Newcastle United won’t suffer demotion to the English Championship at the end of this season, according to footballer turned pundit Stephen Warnock. According to him, Newcastle United won’t suffer relegation at the end of the Premier League this season as the Magpies don’t look like a team that won’t beat the drop in the English top flight this season. Stephen Warnock talked about the Magpies and the relegation zone while he was doing his punditry job with the BBC last weekend. Stephen Warnock was on duty as Manchester United beat Newcastle United 3-1 last weekend. For the former Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers defender, Newcastle United gave a good account of themselves during the Manchester United game and that theyhave too much quality to drop down to the second tier of club football in England, the English Championship.


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WARNOCK SHARESMEMORIES OF LATE HOULLIER

 

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.
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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.