JAMIE CARRAGHER has opened up on Gareth Barry’s failed move to Liverpool.
The Everton star was plying his trade with then-Premier League Aston Villa when Rafa Benitez came calling in 2008.
And the plan was to sell Anfield hero Xabi Alonso to help fund a move for the England international.
Barry’s proposed switch ultimately fell through though, with Alonso staying put as well.
And Carragher has now revealed his – and his Liverpool team-mates’ – reaction to the deal collapsing.
He told the Daily Mail: “Rafa’s intention was to off-load Xabi for £30m and buy Barry for half that price.
“The appeal of Barry was that he was English and could play in two or three positions.
“But, believe it or not, only Juventus and Arsenal were keen to take Xabi.
“When it became clear those interested in Xabi were only prepared to pay £15m — and Aston Villa wanted £30m for Barry — the club pulled the plug.
“I, along with a lot of others, was delighted but there’s no doubt the intervention caused problems, with Rafa and Xabi, and Rafa and the board.”