Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admits Everton have pulled off a coup with the signing of Gareth Barry.

Liverpool visit Goodison Park tomorrow.

"Gareth Barry has been a brilliant professional throughout his career," said Rodgers. "He was a young player at Brighton and then he made his way through and he's been the ultimate professional.

"Any player who I have ever spoken to and who has worked with him agrees. You wouldn't survive as long in the game unless you're an outstanding professional. On top of that, he's a very good player.

"His chances were limited at Manchester City but he's gone to Everton and added great experience."

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