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Steven Gerrard Reveals He Stopped Rafa Benitez From Signing Gareth Barry

Steven Gerrard Reveals He Stopped Rafa Benitez From Signing Gareth Barry

Steven Gerrard has revealed he stopped Rafa Benitez from signing Gareth Barry for Liverpool during his days as the club’s captain.

Back in the summer of 2009, the Reds were in desperate need of a new midfielder after linchpin Xabi Alonso departed for Real Madrid in a deal worth £30 million, and Barry was one of the names highest on Benitez’s list.

But when word got to Gerrard, he stepped in and insisted he didn’t think he and Barry would work too well together as a midfield partnership.

The Liverpool legend explained the situation whilst working in his role as a pundit on BT Sports:

As things transpired, Barry would go on to eventually sign for Manchester City, before joining Liverpool’s Merseyside rivals Everton, whilst Benitez signed the injury-prone Alberto Aquilani as Alonso’s replacement.

But what do you think of Gerrard’s comments? Would Barry have been a decent player for Liverpool?

Let us know in the comments section below…

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