Newspaper gossip over the weekend claimed that Liverpool’s Stephen Warnock was so unhappy at Anfield that he was about to go and speak to Everton about a move to Goodison. Warnock was incensed to hear about this and spoke to Liverpool’s official website to put the story straight: "If I wasn’t happy here then I wouldn’t have signed a new contract. It’s as simple as that."
Warnock has seen himself called up to the England squad this season, and started the season off as first-choice left-back. As the season has gone on he has played a little less, but the stories surfaced just has he had been recalled to the team. Warnock continued: "The story said that I wasn’t happy at Liverpool and that I was going to speak with David Moyes about going to Everton. It’s just not true. When I go home from training I don’t tend to talk about my situation with my friends. When I go out I want to socialise and I definitely wouldn’t talk about wanting to leave, even if it was the case."
Warnock didn’t say if he knew who’d spoken to the papers, but he says if he’s unhappy to be out of the team it’s only natural – it just makes him more determined to get back in: "To be honest, I feel sorry for the person who said I was unhappy. It’s quite sad really. Of course I’m never happy when I’m not in the team but that’s just a personal opinion and it doesn’t mean I want to leave. I imagine every player is the same."
With Bolo Zenden out for around a month after suffering an injury after the Champions League win last week, Warnock can expect more chances to prove himself to Rafa Benitez, with John Arne Riise more likely to be used in a more advanced role.
Warnock’s major disappointment from last season was missing out on the matchday squad for the Champions League, and if anything was going to make him want to leave then that would have been enough. He signed his new contract in the summer proving that wasn’t the case and feels that this season has been better than last for him: "This season has been a good one for me and I feel like I have kicked on from last year."