Are Liverpool braced for another £15m bid or should Rafa look elsewhere?

Football FanCast
columnist
Rob Facey wonders whether there will be more Liverpool
bids for Gareth Barry in January, but asks whether or not Rafa Benitez would be
better off spending his money elsewhere?

Martin O'Neill has braced himself for a sequel to the
Gareth Barry saga after admitting that the England midfielder's future at the
club was uncertain.

Barry, who was the subject of four bids from Liverpool,
is likely to be a target for the league leaders once more when the transfer
window reopens, but Villa's impressive start to the season may have convinced
him to stay.

"We said once the
Liverpool saga had passed we would look at it from window to window,"
admitted O'Neill, as reported in The
Mirror
.

"I'm not trying
to push anything in any direction. Gareth just needs to get on with his game
and see where it takes him."

Villa fans will no doubt be cursing at the prospect of
another month of rumours and speculation, but after the last time they must be
asking themselves whether or not Barry will ever leave Villa Park.

If he left would he take with him any hope Villa had of
realistically breaking into the top four?

Do Liverpool fans still want Barry or, bearing in mind
their current position, are they doing just fine without him?

He will still cost a fortune – anywhere in the region of
£15m to £20m – but bearing in mind the Merseyside club's atrocious performance
on Wednesday night, would this investment bring out the best in the squad's
fringe players?

Or, alternatively, would his addition more or less write
off the plans for the new stadium as things stand?

Money is tight at Anfield, so would signing Gareth Barry
be the best way to move the club forward?

Is his signing imperative if Liverpool are to sustain
their assault on the league or have they proved that they can cope without?