Leeds United defender reveals he is still a Liverpool fan at heart

Stephen Warnock gave his take on a Reds season that saw them fall just short of winning their first league title in 24 years.

Leeds United defender Stephen Warnock revealed he was still a Liverpool fan at heart after describing the Reds' 5-1 win over Arsenal back in February as "incredible".

Warnock was part of the Leeds team that eventually finished 15th in the Championship last season, but his affinity with his boyhood club has not been diluted since he left Anfield in 2007.

The 32-year-old, who is from Ormskirk on Merseyside, cast aside his allegiance to his employers to give his verdict on Liverpool's campaign.

Speaking to LFC.tv about his favourite match of the season, the former Reds man settled on the 5-1 win against the Gunners back in February.

Warnock said: "We had a game at Leeds [that day], it was an early kick-off and the masseuse in our place is a Liverpool fan as well.

"He came up to me on the pitch on he was like ‘It’s 3-0’ and I was saying ‘oh ok, good one...’ and then he came back to me saying it was 4-0 and I thought he was on a wind up.

"And then I watched the game when I got home and I just thought it was incredible. That was the game when people were saying ‘how good are we!?’ it made people think [who were] coming to Anfield that [Liverpool] are serious.

"I've just been away for the weekend and I bumped into a couple of Manchester United fans, and they were saying they enjoyed watching Liverpool and the exciting football they're playing.

"That's credit to Brendan Rodgers, and now the challenge is building on it."

Rodgers' side missed out on their first league title for 24 years by just two points as Manchester City were eventually crowned Premier League champions.

However, the five-time European Cup winners can take heart from the fact that they will return to the Champions League for the first time in five years next season.

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