Report: Stephen Warnock Set to Return to Liverpool on Loan, Solve Left-Back Problem


Out of favor with new Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier, former Liverpool left back Stephen Warnock is now poised to return to his former club.

According to Daily Mail, the 29-year-old England international has been given permission to leave Villa Park for Anfield, and Kenny Dalglish is keen on signing the former Red on loan as a temporary solution at left back.

Paul Konchesky, Fabio Aurelio and Glen Johnson have all seen time at the position, but none has made a strong case for being a fixture in the first team.

Warnock, who was part of Villa's stout back four for the past few seasons, led the Midlands club to a string of top-six finishes, but his manager now prefers the young Ciaran Clark at left back.

Blackburn Rovers, the other of Warnock's former clubs, has also been in pursuit of the England international, but Liverpool, where he advanced through the youth system and played until 2007, appears to be his first choice.

Houllier is also expected to bring in left back Maynor Figueroa from Wigan to add depth at the position after Warnock's exit.

While Warnock may not be a permanent solution, he has proven that he can be a part of one of the league's stingiest back lines, and his familiarity with Anfield will surely allow him to settle in quickly.

Still, no negotiations have yet been completed.

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