Stephen Warnock reveals the Liverpool legend who he was influenced by

Warnock has praised the influence of Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.

Speaking to the official Derby website, 33-year-old Warnock has praised Jamie Carragher in setting him on the road to success.

The Rams left-back said: “Those with experience, like Jamie Carragher, would always come up to me and pass on their knowledge. He was always the one that wanted to help the local lads that were coming through. He knew how tough it was to come through at Liverpool being a local lad because there is a lot of pressure there to do well.

“Even now, I still speak to him for advice and bend his ear on certain things.”

Warnock started his career at Liverpool, going on to a make 40 league appearances before leaving for Blackburn and then Aston Villa. He signed for Derby in the January transfer window, leaving Leeds United after two years of service.

He was seen as a player to bring experience and a stable head to a team fighting for promotion to the top flight, although, unfortunately, his arrival coincided with the Rams slide down the table.

A play-off spot is all-but guaranteed now, and whilst that is a success, head coach Steve McClaren will be disappointed considering how high they were flying in the league not too long ago.

The likes of Warnock, and John Eustace - who arrived from Watford last season - are not just for their on-pitch abilities, but their experience of being in this sort of situation before, and helping the younger players over the line.

Warnock learnt how to be a mentor from Carragher, who was one of the best defenders of his generation, and is generally seen as one of the better players at making people look good around him.

Derby will be hoping that Warnock has that effect on his teammates in the intense play-off run-in, as they look to clinch Premier League status in the coming weeks.

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