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Ex-England defender Woodgate calms reports of a non-playing role at Liverpool

Middlesbrough's Jonathan Woodgate celebrates promotion to the premier league with his family

With Lazar Markovic, Iago Aspas and Tiago Ilori all flopping at Anfield, Jonathan Woodgate has his work cut out if he takes a scouting role at Anfield.

Middlesbrough's Jonathan Woodgate celebrates promotion to the premier league with his family

Former England international Jonathan Woodgate remains coy on rumours that he is about to join Liverpool as a scout.

Various reports suggested the former Newcastle, Leeds and Real Madrid defender had joined Jurgen Klopp’s staff earlier this week and would be tasked with profiling potential new signings from Spain and Portugal.

However, speaking on Goals on Sunday, as reported by Sky Sports, Woodgate (below, left) refused to confirm whether he had accepted the role.

David Hopkin, Alan Smith, Jonathan Woodgate Leeds

“I can’t really say anything about that at the moment, it’s a bit up in the air,” the 36-year-old said.

“But I’m looking at options and where I’m going to go from here. I want to make sure my next step is the right step.”

Liverpool have signed a number of players Spain and Portugal in recent years, with mostly limited success.

Only Lazar Markovic and Alberto Moreno played regularly in the first team after arriving from Benfica and Sevilla respectively.

However, deployed at right-wing back by Brendan Rodgers, Markovic struggled to showcase the form that had many pundits comparing him to Lionel Messi while Moreno (below) has been heavily criticised following a number of high profile mistakes, particularly in the League Cup and Europa League finals last season.

Liverpool's Alberto Moreno (R) in action with Chelsea's Willian

Youngsters Javier Manquillo, Tiago Ilori, Joao Carlos Teixeira and Luis Alberto were all frozen out of first-team plans at Anfield, the latter re-joining Deportivo for a second loan spell this summer after an impressive 2015-16 at the La Liga side.

Celta Vigo attacker Iago Aspas (below), meanwhile, netted 14 La Liga goals last season, including a sublime chip in a 4-1 hammering of Barcelona.

However, he was handed just five Premier League starts in his only season at Liverpool, scoring only once against Oldham in the FA Cup.

Clearly, then, Woodgate would have his work cut out at Anfield.

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