Liverpool handed 'major boost' in pursuit of £6m former Anfield starlet

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Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock is reportedly closer to a Midlands exit after dropping down to the Reserves.

The England international full back has been demoted to second string training, according to the Daily Mail, sparking rumours that the player is set to return to Liverpool under manager Kenny Dalglish.

Warnock, who began his career at Anfield and made 40 Barclays Premier League appearances for Liverpool, has continued to impress in the top flight with Blackburn and Villa, who signed the player from Rovers for a fee in the region of £6 million in 2009.

International recognition first came the player's way in 2008, and Warnock has two caps for the Three Lions thus far. He was also part of the 2010 World Cup squad, but didn't feature for England in South Africa.

Liverpool are thought to be in the market for a left back this month, with Paul Konchesky linked with a move away from Merseyside and Glen Johnson currently filling in as cover in the position. They have strongly been linked to Warnock in recent weeks.


The arrival of NESV as the new owners at the club has provided available transfer funds for Dalglish, and the Liverpool boss is thought to have presented a shortlist of players to John W. Henry at a recent board meeting.

The Mail also reports that an enquiry is yet to be made by Liverpool, who are thought to be considering their options going into the last 10 days of the window.

An attacking foil for Fernando Torres is thought to be the priority, but the need to strengthen in several key positions remains great for Liverpool, and a fee in the region of £8 million could bring Warnock back to Liverpool.

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