Steven Gerrard intensified speculation surrounding Gareth Barry’s potential move to Liverpool by urging his England teammate to “better his career” and join him at Anfield according to The Times.
Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill has already expressed his unhappiness at Liverpool’s public pursuit of Barry and Gerrard’s remarks are sure to infuriate the Villa boss further.
The Times claims that Barry informed officials at Villa Park that he wanted to join Liverpool a fortnight ago however, O’Neill is still clinging to the hope that Barry can yet be persuaded to stay at the club.
Gerrard told the press: ” Garteth would certainly help Liverpool be a better team next season.”
And when asked whether Barry would find it hard to leave Villa Park Gerrard replied: “I’m sure he will. He has been a fantastic servant, but sometimes opportunities come along in Football where you can better your career.”
“Gareth is 27 now and needs to play Champions League football. In my opinion he can do that.”
Captain Barry would be surely missed at Villa Park and many fans are said to be desperate to keep the versatile player at Villa.
However it may prove hard to keep the long-serving Barry at Villa for much longer and the player is likely to decide his future after returning from England’s upcoming friendly against Trinidad and Tobago, where Barry is likely to partner Gerrard in the centre of midfield.
[Source: The Times]