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Former Everton midfielder Barry reveals how close he came to joining Liverpool

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Former Everton midfielder Barry reveals how close he came to joining Liverpool

Gareth Barry had an impressive spell at Everton but before that, things could have been very different had he completed a proposed move to Liverpool earlier on in his career.

Gareth Barry has lifted the lid on just how close he came to becoming a Liverpool player years before his eventual move to Everton, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

Barry was reportedly all set for a move to Anfield back in May 2008, but the move fell through and he remained at Aston Villa.

He eventually moved to Manchester City, where he became a Premier League winner, before moving to Everton in 2013, under Roberto Martinez.


Barry had a decent spell on the blue half of Merseyside but things could have been very different. He said of his failed move to Anfield: “It was really close but when things don’t happen you have to get over them really quickly and once I know that something isn’t there I can move on and not worry about it.”

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Barry would have been a replacement for Xabi Alonso at Anfield, but ended up being a decent symbol of the post David Moyes era at Everton.

He signified a shift towards a more flowing style of football under Roberto Martinez and his winning mentality was also a coup for the dressing room.

Life might have been very different for Barry if he went to Liverpool, but he wouldn’t have won the title like he did with City.

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