Fabian Delph to Liverpool link returns

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Liverpool are again being linked with Aston Villa and England midfielder Fabian Delph.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 18, 2014: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard and Aston Villa's Fabian Delph during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 25-year-old was first linked last month, with reports then suggesting that the player had told Villa he had no intention to sign a new deal at the club, with his contract expiring in the summer.

Delph, who This Is Anfield’s Jack Lusby describes as “poor man’s James Milner” in his analysis, is now linked in The Mirror – who claim Liverpool could look to sign him in January.

They write that Villa will consider allowing Delph, and defender Ron Vlaar, to leave in January in order to avoid seeing them leave for free in the summer. James Nursey writes that Delph will be the successor to Steven Gerrard:

“He is now fit again and team-mates reckon he is turning into an all-round box-to-box midfielder with surging runs reminiscent of Gerrard in his pomp.”

Mind you, Nursey also writes that Brendan Rodgers has “frequently benched” Gerrard this season. Not sure how three times in 23 games constitutes frequently.

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