So, the question is, has Barnes’s latest assessment of his former club proven his lack football knowledge? Or is the Anfield legend’s latest statement of his former club a correct one?
Liverpool have had one of their worst season’s in recent memory. They finished in 7th place in the Premier League, Internal chaos caused major problems between the clubs owners and Benitez, and as a result, the Spaniard decided to leave the club last week, which may spark a mass exodus of players at the Merseyside club this summer.
Nonetheless, Liverpool legend John Barnes feels that if any player is unhappy at the club then they should leave, including the likes of Gerrard and Torres. Barnes claimed:
“Liverpool don’t want Gerrard and Torres to go – but if they don’t want to be there, let them move on. The fans would have to understand that and still get behind the club.”
He finishes off by saying:
“Any player who doesn’t want to be at Liverpool should go… no matter who they are.”
The former Kop winger spent 10 years at the Merseyside club and Barnes believes that Liverpool can survive even if the Kop do lose their biggest stars this summer. He also believes that too much focus on the Liverpool captain and Spanish striker this season has affected the team in whole.
“Look at this history of the club, Kevin Keegan went and people were worried but they got stronger. Kenny Dalglish was a legend but he retired and left and they’ve gone on and won trophies since then.”
“I think there has been too much focus on Gerrard and Torres. They are important players but that affected a lot of the others in the team. The more we focus on them, the more we believe we can’t compete without them.”
Some (if not all) Liverpool fans reading this may think Barnes needs to check himself into a psychiatric ward, as many would believe that losing Gerrard and especially Torres would be suicide for the club. These fans maybe correct in their assessment of the situation, however, does Barnes have a point to? If a player seems displeased, then is there any point of keeping him at the club?
Granted, Gerrard and Torres are the biggest stars of Liverpool and no doubt keep the side ticking. The likely departure of the duo this summer, in retrospect, would spell the end for the Merseyside club in many fans eyes. It is believed that Liverpool have minimal funds available to strengthen their team this summer, and in order to gain money they would have to sell their stars.
Gerrard and Torres have not yet stated if they wish to stay at the club next season or not, claiming they will decide their future after the World Cup. This has not helped the situation, and their words have left Liverpool fans sweating until the completion of the tournament.
Nonetheless, two players do not make a club, and like Barnes has declared, if the duo are unhappy with the current circumstances then they may as well leave, even if it means years of rebuilding for the famous English club.
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