Birthdate: 12 December 1981
Birthplace: Ormskirk, England
Other clubs: Bradford City (loan 2002), Coventry City (loan 2003-04), Blackburn Rovers (2007-09), Aston Villa (2009-13), Bolton Wanderers (loan 2012), Leeds United (2013-15), Derby Country (2015-16), Wigan Athletic (loan 2016), Wigan Athletic (2016-)
Bought from: Local
Signed for LFC: 1996 – Professional 27 April 1999
International debut: 01.06.2008 vs. Trinidad and Tobago
International caps: 2/0 - 17.11.2010
Liverpool debut: 10.08.2004
Last appearance: 09.01.2007
Debut goal: 15.03.2006
Last goal: 15.03.2006
Contract expiry: 22.01.2007
Win ratio: 61.19% W:41 D:10 L:16
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 8 / 0
LFC league games/goals: 40 / 1
Total LFC games/goals: 67 / 1
Player profileLegendary left-back, Alan Kennedy, had a hand in bringing Warnock to Liverpool: "I remember Stephen being at one of my soccer schools and he really stood out as being a brilliant prospect. I got on the phone to Steve Heighway and Roy Evans and said you have got to take a look at this boy." Warnock overcame three leg breaks as made his way from the Liverpool academy into professional football! He showed great character and determination to survive these ordeals and make a name for himself. Academy director and former Liverpool star, Steve Heighway, witnessed Warnock's struggles: "We shared the pain and the agony he endured. Watching him go through six months of rehabilitation from a broken leg, then watch him break his leg immediately again and go through a further six months rehab and then get another slight break after that. I don't think people realise what he has achieved." Warnock is a versatile player who is equally adept at left back, and in left and central midfield. He is a tough customer which former Liverpool teammate, Danny Guthrie, can testify to. "Stevie Warnock is the hardest tackler. He's mean in the tackle, even in training."
Before he made his first-team debut Warnock impressed when on loan at Coventry in the 2003/04 season when he was voted the fans' Player of the Season. Warnock made 30 appearances for Liverpool in Rafa's first season at the club. Despite finally making progress 2004/05 was a heartbreaking season for Warnock. "On a personal level, the Carling Cup and Champions League finals stand out as particularly low points for me. I'd played in every round of the League Cup before the final, and missed out on a medal. Then when I wasn't in the squad for the European Cup final I'd have to say that was my lowest point of all. There weren't enough winners' medals for us all, so I didn't get one. I spent time over the summer getting over that." Warnock made the same total of appearances the following season, but did make six more starts. He was still not too happy with Rafa's modus operandi: "Even if you’d played really well one week, you never thought you would play the next. People were being rested in September and October and I just think that’s crazy. You don’t want to be rested at that stage of the season. I thought I needed to play week in, week out to improve myself as a player. But it was not just the team, it was the same with the squad as well. The squad used to go up on a Friday afternoon and you wouldn’t even know who was going to be in it. It was comical sometimes. No one would have a clue why certain people were not included but the manager would keep his reasons to himself."
After making only six appearances in the first half of 2006/07 Rafa sold Warnock to Blackburn in the January 2007 transfer window where he made the left-back position his own and also featured in midfield. Warnock made his international debut in a friendly against Trinidad & Tobago on 1 June 2008 which has proved to be his only international. Warnock was in inspired form and was voted Blackburn's Player of the Year in the 2008/09 season. On 11 April 2009, before Blackburn Rovers' match against Liverpool, Warnock put a flower display with the numbers '96' in front of the Kop on the twentieth anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. This was greeted with chants of 'Stephen Warnock' from the Kop. Aston Villa bought Warnock in the summer of 2009 where he had a steady first season, appearing in 30 of the 38 Premier League matches as Villa finished sixth in the table. They also reached the final of the League Cup and the semi-final of the FA Cup but were beaten in those competitions by Manchester United and Chelsea respectively. Warnock was named in England manager Fabio Capello's provisional 30-man squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He made the final squad of twenty-three players, but did not see a single minute of action in any of England's four matches.
Warnock missed the second part of the 2010/11 season due to injuries, but come the new season he was fit again and raring to go. Although he played in most of Villa's first-team matches in 2011/12, Warnock was not selected for the early competitive matches of Paul Lambert's reign at Villa Park. After being on loan at Bolton Wanderers from September 2012 until January he was released from his Villa contract that had six months to run. Consequently Warnock signed a two and a half year contract for Leeds United.
Warnock played in fifteen matches in The Championship for Bolton Wanderers and sixteen for Leeds United in the 2012/13 season. New Leeds manager Brian McDermott, who had replaced Neil Warnock, made the defender his captain for his first match in charge, against Sheffield Wednesday in April 2013.
In 2013/14 Warnock played in 27 of Leeds United's 46 matches in the Championship, scoring once (the winner at Yeovil early in February). Stephen also played in United's League Cup defeat at Newcastle in September. Leeds ended the season in 15th position.
Halfway through the January 2015 transfer-window Warnock signed an 18-month deal with another Championship club, Derby County, but was loaned to League One Wigan for the last three months of this. After helping them to promotion he signed a one year deal there for 2016-17.
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LIVERPOOL'S Djibril Cisse will find inspiration within his own dressing room as he begins a painful rehabilitation from an horrific broken leg today. From 1 November 2004.More
Despite being with the Anfield club since the age of 11, the 25 year-old needed little convincing from manager Mark Hughes to sign for the Ewood Park club on a three and a half year deal for an undisclosed fee.More
By Nick Townsend, Chief Sports Writer at The Independent. Published: 30 October 2005. More
"I remember Stephen being at one of my soccer schools and he really stood out as being a brilliant prospect. I got on the phone to Steve Heighway and Roy Evans and said you have got to take a look at this boy. I thought he was fantastic against Leverkusen. I really like him as a left back. He has a great left foot and can pass the ball and get forward. The tackle he made near the end was just brilliant and Rafa will like that seeing a player never giving up and showing great commitment."
Alan Kennedy on Warnock in March 2005
"There were some good times last season and some really tough ones too. On a personal level, the Carling Cup and Champions League finals stand out as particularly low points for me. I'd played in every round of the League Cup before the final, and missed out on a medal. Then when I wasn't in the squad for the European Cup final I'd have to say that was my lowest point of all. There weren't enough winners' medals for us all, so I didn't get one. I spent time over the summer getting over that.
"The night in Istanbul was a strange combination of emotions for me. When you're so close to it as a Liverpool fan who's grown up hearing about those kind of nights, you feel grateful that you're experiencing something which so many other supporters would love to be a part of. "Then, on the other hand, you're having to come to terms with the most disappointing few days of your life as a footballer because you're not in the squad. It's definitely something I'll look back on with mixed thoughts, even though I was so happy as a supporter and player that we won.
Warnock looking back at the 2004-2005 season
"After the Middlesbrough game the manager took me to one side and told me he wanted my agent to meet up with Rick Parry because he was happy with the way things are going. My agent had a meeting yesterday morning and the negotiations were very easy. It was all sorted on the same day and I asked if I could sign it as soon as possible. The contract was drawn up during the afternoon and I signed it after the game."
Stephen Warnock signed a new deal in August 2005
Warnock speaks from the experience of a former Kopite, a member of that celebrated choir perpetually determined to rehearse its own version of the Hallelujah Chorus. Those supporters will no doubt forgive him the heinous sin that he once watched his football at Goodison. "My dad [Mike] and my brother [Neil] had season tickets there; they're confirmed Evertonians, you see," he explains. "I was always a Liverpool fan, but as a boy I went with them - although I used to support all the away teams! Then my friend down the road had a spare ticket for a Liverpool game. I went, and was hooked."
Stephen Warnock has always been a confirmed Red
"Stephen Warnock. We shared the pain and the agony he endured. Watching him go through six months of rehabilitation from a broken leg, then watch him break his leg immediately again and go through a further six months rehab and then get another slight break after that. I don't think people realise what he has achieved - and he is a very, very good player."
Academy director Steve Heighway asked which player he was most happy to see progress from the academy.
"Stevie Warnock is the hardest tackler. He's mean in the tackle, even in training."
Danny Guthrie in November 2006 when asked which player to avoid in training at Liverpool
"He has Champions League experience and has played a decent amount of Premier League games as well. He is naturally left-footed which gives us balance on the left side which we didn't have with Lucas Neill. I just like his attitude to the game. He wants to get up to people, to put pressure on people and really he just fits the bill as far as I'm concerned.
"Liverpool really appreciated the qualities that he has and they weren't too keen on allowing a good young English player to leave their football club. I think that is the reason maybe the deal hasn't been done before."
Mark Hughes on his capture of Stephen Warnock in January 2007
"It's been a fantastic move for me and I just wish I had done it earlier. But that's the beauty of hindsight, isn't it? Things might not have worked out quite as well for me if I'd come here earlier. I love it here and I've got people who believe in me, which I didn't have at Liverpool. That gives you so much confidence and now every game I go into I feel confident that I'm good enough to be here, and good enough to play, which is something I didn't always feel at Liverpool."
Stephen Warnock in May 2007 on his four months at Blackburn
"Even if you’d played really well one week, you never thought you would play the next. People were being rested in September and October and I just think that’s crazy. You don’t want to be rested at that stage of the season. I thought I needed to play week in, week out to improve myself as a player.
But it was not just the team, it was the same with the squad as well. The squad used to go up on a Friday afternoon and you wouldn’t even know who was going to be in it. It was comical sometimes. No one would have a clue why certain people were not included but the manager would keep his reasons to himself."
Stephen Warnock was not a big fan of Rafa's rotation system
|Club||Season||Club rank||League apps||League goals||Total apps||Total goals|
|Bradford City||2002-2003||England First Division||12||1||12||1|
|Coventry City||2003-2004||England First Division||44||3||49||3|
|Blackburn Rovers||2006-2007||England Premier League||13||1||20||1|
|Blackburn Rovers||2007-2008||England Premier League||37||1||43||1|
|Blackburn Rovers||2008-2009||England Premier League||37||3||43||3|
|Aston Villa||2009-2010||England Premier League||30||0||41||1|
|Aston Villa||2010-2011||England Premier League||19||0||22||0|
|Aston Villa||2011-2012||England Premier League||35||2||38||2|
|Bolton Wanderers||2012-2013||England Championship||15||0||15||0|
|Leeds United||2012-2013||England Championship||16||1||17||1|
|Leeds United||2013-2014||England Championship||27||1||28||1|
|Leeds United||2014-2015||England Championship||21||1||22||1|
|Wigan Athletic||2015-2016||England League One||11||0||11||0|