Stephen Warnock admits he continues to keep an eye out for all-things Liverpool and is relishing the prospect of going head-to-head with his former club when they visit Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.
The 30-year-old full-back is a product of the Reds' esteemed youth academy, and is a self-confessed Anfield fan, after recently speaking of his deep affection for the club.
Warnock was part of the Liverpool squad that went on to win both the UEFA Champions League and the FA Cup in back-to-back seasons, and the defender is hoping that Kenny Dalglish's side go on to achieve great things - after this weekend's Villa Park showdown!
"Yes, I am [still a keen Liverpool supporter]," he admitted in a phone interview with 'Friday Night Live'. "Once you are in the game it's a little bit different, but it's always the next result I look out for at the weekend.
"I always follow and try and keep in touch with the lads. I hope they go on and have a successful season."
Warnock left Liverpool in January 2007 in favour of a move to Blackburn Rovers - citing the need for regular first-team action at that stage of his career. A successful two-and-a-half year spell at Ewood Park put him back within the England frame, and in August 2009 Warnock moved on again, this time to his current club Aston Villa.
"Liverpool was the perfect grounding for me to go on in my career and make a living out of the game," he continued. "I had great coaches at Liverpool - there aren't many clubs who will give you that breeding to go on and be successful.
"When I broke into the team I was fortunate enough to go in and play alongside greats like Jamie [Carragher] and Steven [Gerrard] and learn a lot from them. I always look back on my time at Liverpool fondly, but sometimes you just have to know when to break away.
"I actually saw Jamie last weekend and spoke to him briefly about the game. But once it comes around you just want to focus on your own team and try and get the right result.
"Obviously I'm excited about the game. It's a tough one for us. Liverpool will want the three points. We know it's a tough task, but we like to think we are a good team at home, so hopefully it'll be a good game.
"It's a fixture I always look out for. All my family are on the phone wondering when they can get tickets. So, yes, it's a game I always look forward to - both this one and Blackburn because of the ties I have with both clubs."
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