Gareth Barry could make history tonight as Everton face Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby tonight.
Barry is in line make a record-equalling 571st Premier League start at Anfield, a feat shared only achieved by retired goalkeeper David James.
Barry began his career at Brighton before moving to Aston Villa in 1997 where he made his Premier League debut in a 1-0 win over Arsenal on the last day of the 1997/98 season.
18 years later and Barry is still in the thick of Premier League action. The Hastings-born midfielder has played for three Premier clubs and won the FA Cup in 2011 with Manchester City, as well as the Premier title a year later.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has been under pressure from the media and the fans this season but Barry defended the Spaniard. “He is a very good manager and been very good for me”, Barry explained (via the Daily Mail).
Everton are currently 11th in the table, 10 points adrift of Merseyside rivals Liverpool who are in 8th position. Many feel that Everton have under achieved this season but Barry remains positive and is eager to lift the FA Cup this year. “We are two games away from winning a major trophy and we have to believe we can do that.”
Barry unfortunately holds the record of the most yellow cards in Premier League history, but he will be hoping for a more pleasant record this evening.
Barry has a whole year left on his contract at Goodison Park and has plenty of time to equal James’ record, but a Merseyside Derby may be the perfect occasion to do it.