Xabi Alonso has backed Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez's pursuit of Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry.

"I think I will be here next season even if Barry comes," said Alonso. "He would bring good competition and he would be more than welcome. He can play different positions and if he plays in midfield then I could play with him. I have no problem with that. I have been here four seasons already. Why not seven or eight?"