Football FanCast guest columnist George Patterson feels that Liverpool have learned a valuable lesson and won't be making the same mistake again.
Gareth Barry's decision to join Manchester City was one of the shock transfers this summer and left the football fraternity totally bemused. You couldn't blame them; I mean hear was a man who cited that the only reason he wanted to leave Villa Park was to play Champions League football and yet he joined a club, who judging by their weekend performance have little to no chance of fulfilling that dream for another two seasons at least. He says he didn't join City for the money; please forgive me for thinking otherwise.
I know to the neutral I may just seem like a bitter Liverpool fan, but I felt absolutely sure he was joining us this summer. I guess we were all duped into believing that he is a man that clearly intends to keep to his word, after the way he pleaded last summer for a move to Anfield; perhaps that is what fuelled Rafa's outburst the other week, as he clearly thought he had him in the bag.
Martin O'Neill came out today saying just as much and maybe complacency did set in a little as we presumed that he would hold out for a move to Anfield, to fulfil his Champions League aspirations. I am sure Rafa had earmarked Barry as an ideal replacement, if Alonso was to leave this summer and now it seems like Benitez has lost both players. This afternoon's reports showed Rafa for the first time in weeks being non committal about Alonso's future which does suggest that a deal with Madrid could well be in the offing, leaving Benitez with the arduous task of trying to find someone else to fill Xabi's role. It has proven a harsh lesson for Rafa to learn and a certainly a mistake that I cannot foresee us making in the future.
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