Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neil admits he is still worried that his midfield maestro Gareth Barry may still leave the club for Liverpool, if the Midlanders don’t finish in the top four this season.
Barry’s transfer saga with Liverpool last summer seemed endless, continuing for months before finally a fee could not be agreed between the two clubs.
Reds boss Rafa Benitez believes that Chief Executive Rick Parry was responsible for the failure to bring Barry to Anfield, but Parry is now set to leave Liverpool at the end of the current campaign.
O’Neil says that Barry won’t be put off by Robbie Keane’s failed career at Liverpool and expects a transfer request if Villa fail to qualify for the Champions League.
“Gareth has spent 10 years here,” said O’Neill.
“If we don’t make the top four no-one could begrudge him a move . What happened to Keane isn’t a marker for everyone.”