It’s fair to say that Gareth Barry has had quite a satisfying career.
The West Brom midfielder – who won the Premier League and FA Cup with Manchester City – is set to go down in the record books when the Baggies face Arsenal on Monday.
Having equalled Ryan Giggs’ tally of 632 Premier League appearances last weekend, he’s likely to go one further when the side visit the Emirates on Monday.
The 36-year-old’s long career has seen him turn out for Aston Villa, City and Everton, and he once came very close to joining Liverpool.
Back in 2008, the England international was heavily linked with the Reds to replace the departing Xabi Alonso.
But club legend Steven Gerrard has revealed he discouraged then-manager Rafa Benitez’s interest in the player.
Speaking on BT Sport, the former Liverpool captain said he didn’t think Barry was an adequate successor to the Spanish maestro, saying: “He [Rafael Benitez] wanted to move Xabi on and bring in Gareth.
“Now, for me that wasn’t the right move, although I’m a big fan of Gareth Barry.
“I’d had rather had him in to play alongside Xabi, because I think they could’ve worked together.”
Gerrard also said Benitez – who’s currently gaffer at Newcastle – should have tried harder to keep the World Cup winning midfielder.
“I don’t think it was the right move from a Liverpool point of view to replace Xabi with Gareth,” continued Gerrard.
“The fans loved Xabi, he’s a world-class player, and for me, Rafa should have been doing everything to keep him and not have him move on.”