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Ex-Liverpool pair worried about Houllier taking Villa job

Some former Liverpool players have concerns over Gerard Houllier's arrival at Aston Villa.

The News of the World says senior players at Villa Park believe the arrival of the ex-Liverpool boss will spell the end of their career at the club.

Goalkeeper Brad Friedel and full-back Stephen Warnock both endured unhappy spells at Anfield under the French coach.

Friedel was sold by Houllier to Blackburn in 1999, while Warnock was shipped out on loan to Coventry before later establishing himself in the side when Rafa Benitez took the reins.

A Villa source said: "When it was revealed Houllier was the favourite for the Villa, it went down like a lead balloon with a couple of the players. You can't underestimate the strength of feeling, especially of someone such as Brad Friedel who felt he had no relationship with Houllier when he was at Anfield."

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