Liverpool's sale of John Arne Riise to Roma is set to complicate their move for Aston Villa skipper Gareth Barry.

The Liverpool Echo says Riise was O'Neill's preferred choice of Liverpool's available talent, but he has now completed his move to Serie A in a deal initially worth £4m, rising to £4.5m.

Scott Carson may now become a makeweight in a transfer saga which has become frustrating for all parties.