Liverpool 'poised' to bring back former Anfield academy starlet on loan

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Liverpool are being linked with a January loan move for Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock.

The England international full-back has reportedly been told he can leave the Midlands club amidst interest from Liverpool, and Kenny Dalglish is favourite to bring the player to Anfield.

A former product of the Liverpool academy, the player is also thought to be on the radar of Blackburn Rovers, although a return to Merseyside is believed to be his priority.

Warnock made 40 Premier League appearances for the Reds during his none year spell at the club, but was sold to Rovers for an undisclosed fee in 2007.

Martin O'Neill would sign the player for Villa in the summer of 2009, but his exit and the arrival of Gerard Houllier has led to more limited opportunities for the club.

Liverpool have sensed an opportunity to sign the left-back, who would immediately solve the problem position for Dalglish. Glen Johnson has been covering there in recent weeks, but Warnock would provide a permanent answer for the rest of the season at least.

The Daily Mail reports that Liverpool is the likely destination for the player, providing an agreement can be reached with regards to who pays the higher percentage of the player's wages during the loan.

A permanent Anfield deal could be on the cards for Warnock, should he impress the Liverpool hierarchy during his return.

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