Benitez Burns His Bridges

Liverpool seem to have decided on a new transfer policy this summer which makes the same impact as Real Madrid’s lovelorn chase for Ronaldo. Liverpool seem to be using their local paper, The Echo, to release transfer target information into the public domain to unsettle players at other clubs. Gareth Barry became the first and now it seems that Liverpool are targeting Tottenham’s Robbie Keane in the same way. Whilst I know this kind of thing has gone on for years, Manchester United have been accused 19 times in the last 10 years of tapping up players, Liverpool seem determined to lose any face they have in British football by simply announcing which players they covet and seek to recruit them in this way. 

What makes this situation worse is that Liverpool seem to be a little hard up and this new policy seems designed to get their targets to request to leave rather than match clubs valuations of players they desire. Stories began to be circulated yesterday that Keane had requested a transfer, which Tottenham and the players agent quickly denied. 

Gareth Barry meanwhile has been fined and told to stay away from Villa Park  after criticising Martin O’Neill and Aston Villa in an unauthorised interview.Barry is desperate to join Liverpool but I’d understood it more two years ago, Villa are in the best shape they’ve been for ages. If anything, Villa have more chance of winning the Premiership than Liverpool do at this current time, financially they’re far more robust and have a chairman that cannot put a foot wrong for me coupled with an exciting squad that has bags of potential.

The Barry saga hasn’t done the player’s reputation any favours though and I think it’s a shame that a lad who has spent his entire career at a club and rose to club captain at an early age should treat the fans who adore him like this. I think it’s a real shame, Villa have certainly made him feel special and given him everything he wanted but it’s still not enough.

Barry was quoted as saying“There’s no going back, it’s time for me to move on, I’m desperate to play Champions League football and that’s why I have to leave Villa. Villa kept saying they wanted me to stay but I have not heard from the manager for weeks. It’s seven weeks now since the season finished but while the gaffer’s found time to be a pundit at Euro 2008, he hasn’t found the time to speak to me. Have Villa offered me anything to try to persuade me my future is at Villa Park, not Anfield? Not a thing.”

Do we believe that? Can you see Randy Lerner and Martin O’Neill being like that and ignoring this stituation. No-one believes that at all. Why can’t Barry be honest with the Villa fans who used to idolise him? Why not simply say “I want to play with my best mate Stevie G, earn more money and go out with a clothes horse”? because everyone knows Gerrard will have played a major role in negotiations to get Barry to jump ship, it’s a fact that they are best mates and have been for nearly 10 years. Honestly, do we think they’ve not talked about it at all? O’ Neill, to his credit, has said Barry can leave as long as Liverpool pay the price tage they’ve set and not a penny more.

Good luck to Villa though, I hope they hold out for every last penny of the £18 million they’ve set as his price, Liverpool need to realise it’s not 1988, they’re not the best club in England and haven’t been for 18 seasons, teams can’t be bullied by them anymore and it bothers me far more than the Madrid/Ronaldo/United love triangle that they seem determined to destroy any good will opposing fans have for them. As for Keane, I’ll take Torres or £25 million, other than Rafa, you’re wasting your breath.

151 Comments

  1. Matt July 2, 2008
  2. Anonymous July 2, 2008
  3. Sean July 2, 2008
  4. Gomez July 2, 2008
  5. Mark July 2, 2008
  6. bob July 2, 2008
  7. Jack July 2, 2008
  8. Anonymous July 2, 2008
  9. Anonymous July 2, 2008
  10. tony smith July 2, 2008
  11. KSC July 2, 2008
  12. Xib July 2, 2008
  13. reikirebel July 2, 2008
  14. Jack Malone July 2, 2008
  15. Sean July 2, 2008
  16. YNWA July 2, 2008
  17. Dave July 2, 2008
  18. Carlo July 2, 2008
  19. RafaTheRed July 2, 2008
  20. reikirebel July 2, 2008
  21. Brenton July 2, 2008
  22. dantata July 2, 2008
  23. toyeflo July 2, 2008
  24. cj July 2, 2008
  25. Brian July 2, 2008
  26. Hank July 2, 2008
  27. Tom July 2, 2008
  28. magnumopus July 2, 2008
  29. Dave July 2, 2008
  30. Jack July 2, 2008
  31. Tes July 2, 2008
  32. Paul Bestall July 2, 2008
  33. Mark D July 2, 2008
  34. MancRed July 2, 2008
  35. FergieisGod July 2, 2008
  36. onbeyondzebra July 2, 2008
  37. kay July 2, 2008
  38. redmasch July 2, 2008
  39. seedyjim July 2, 2008
  40. redmasch July 2, 2008
  41. Andy July 2, 2008
  42. farz July 2, 2008
  43. Chris Walker July 2, 2008
  44. Redmasch July 2, 2008
  45. Redmasch July 2, 2008
  46. Chris Walker July 2, 2008
  47. Anonymous July 2, 2008
  48. rotter82 July 2, 2008
  49. Redmasch July 2, 2008
  50. Chris Walker July 2, 2008
  51. Redmasch July 2, 2008
  52. Chris Walker July 2, 2008
  53. Redmasch July 2, 2008
  54. Cark July 2, 2008
  55. Chris Walker July 2, 2008
  56. Chris Walker July 2, 2008
  57. redmasch July 2, 2008
  58. Chris Walker July 2, 2008
  59. rotter82 July 2, 2008
  60. redmasch July 2, 2008
  61. Chris Walker July 2, 2008
  62. Chris Walker July 2, 2008
  63. Chris Walker July 2, 2008
  64. Squirrel July 2, 2008
  65. GodVilla July 2, 2008
  66. Joshua Koroskoski July 2, 2008
  67. redmasch July 2, 2008
  68. Chris Walker July 2, 2008
  69. Chris Walker July 2, 2008
  70. GodVilla July 2, 2008
  71. Chris Walker July 2, 2008
  72. Simon July 2, 2008
  73. Chris Walker July 2, 2008
  74. Chris Walker July 2, 2008
  75. UnitedtilIdie July 2, 2008
  76. UnitedtilIdie July 2, 2008
  77. MightyReds July 2, 2008
  78. billy boy July 2, 2008
  79. billy boy July 2, 2008
  80. billy boy July 2, 2008
  81. billy boy July 2, 2008
  82. West Derby Red July 2, 2008
  83. West Derby Red July 2, 2008
  84. RJ July 2, 2008
  85. The Dubster July 2, 2008
  86. fred July 2, 2008
  87. Anonymous July 2, 2008
  88. TotalRed July 2, 2008
  89. Double Pivot July 2, 2008
  90. Kartik July 2, 2008
  91. mark jennings July 2, 2008
  92. Kartik July 2, 2008
  93. Rosso July 3, 2008
  94. apandi July 3, 2008
  95. RobertRed July 3, 2008
  96. El-nino July 3, 2008
  97. TotalRed July 3, 2008
  98. Torres July 3, 2008
  99. Bouncer July 3, 2008
  100. Bouncer July 3, 2008
  101. Anonymous July 3, 2008
  102. 1red July 3, 2008
  103. Bassam July 3, 2008
  104. John k July 3, 2008
  105. pokopite July 3, 2008
  106. bild July 3, 2008
  107. The God July 3, 2008
  108. Aidan July 3, 2008
  109. Rob July 3, 2008
  110. Chris July 3, 2008
  111. The God July 3, 2008
  112. Anonymous July 3, 2008
  113. babel-gerrard-torres July 3, 2008
  114. babel-gerrard-torres July 3, 2008
  115. babel-gerrard-torres July 3, 2008
  116. Michael July 3, 2008
  117. Ciaran July 3, 2008
  118. Janindra, Thailand July 3, 2008
  119. Ragish July 3, 2008
  120. Lee Geat July 3, 2008
  121. t July 3, 2008
  122. t July 3, 2008
  123. tom hallahan July 3, 2008
  124. Toby Tyke July 3, 2008
  125. Wythenshaw Walter July 3, 2008
  126. Janindra, Thailand July 3, 2008
  127. Jeremiah July 3, 2008
  128. Michael July 3, 2008
  129. Best July 4, 2008
  130. byrneitez July 4, 2008
  131. mark July 4, 2008
  132. RafaTheRed July 4, 2008
  133. Knowone July 4, 2008
  134. Stevo July 4, 2008
  135. Lonnie July 4, 2008
  136. Michael July 4, 2008
  137. RafaTheRed July 5, 2008
  138. Anonymous July 5, 2008
  139. Kartik July 5, 2008
  140. Salford Sam July 5, 2008
  141. Mighty Red July 5, 2008
  142. Michael July 5, 2008
  143. Perinho July 6, 2008
  144. Villan July 7, 2008
  145. GodVilla July 15, 2008
  146. RafaTheRed July 16, 2008
  147. Brian Mchugh July 20, 2008
  148. lfcland.com July 29, 2008
  149. Mr LFC September 25, 2009
  150. Kon May 18, 2010

Leave a Reply