Everton midfielder Barry admits Liverpool move was close

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry admits he could be playing for Liverpool today at Goodison Park.

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry admits he could be playing for Liverpool today at Goodison Park.

Barry was a prime target for Liverpool in 2008, when Rafa Benitez wanted him to replace Xabi Alonso. It was not one of the Spaniard’s most popular moves.

"The big thing with the Liverpool fans was that it looked like one of their favourites was leaving," recalled Barry, who is on a season-long loan at Goodison from Manchester City.

"They didn’t have the funds, it came to that. But I quickly got my head round the fact it wasn’t going to happen.

"I have a lot of respect for Liverpool. They are a fantastic club with a lot of history. That was one of the selling points at the time, but things do happen for a reason, and I ended up with a Premier League and FA Cup, which was massive."

 
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