Steve McClaren can understand why Aston Villa captain Gareth Barry wants a move to Liverpool.

McClaren told the Birmingham Mail: "It is a huge benefit. The Champions League or the UEFA Cup - if you are playing in Europe it helps. It fast-tracks your experience.

"I have always said it, if you can have experience of the top four, Champions League or UEFA, if you have got that experience of travelling the world preparing for games against European opposition with different tactics, that is a huge benefit to you - individually as a player and as a team."