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Liverpool didn't need another midfielder things should have been left alone, The trio of mach, alonso and gerrard was world class. typical of the wee fat twat to mess it about. I thought fatboy was touting alonso about to see what he could get for him so he could buy barry. Barry is only in the england team because he has a left foot but is not international class but then again not many of the team are.
In hindsight we should've got David Silva instead of Robbie Keane..
Then again was Silva available at the time?
I recall their were equiries made about Silva but thats all?
For starters I think the idea of Barry coming to LFC was rubbish in itself and I said as much on this board. I have never rated the guy and can't believe he gets picked for England. He is average, at best and always was.
That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.
As for the move to get him here in place of Alonso, that could have been handled so much better. As pointed out, Alonso had gone through one or two seasons where he wasn't fully fit and hence was always playing catch up. If Rafa wanted cover surely he could have negotiated on that basis - let Alonso know he was still a part of the club but we needed some back up to cover his injuries. Man management at its worst.
As for the long drawn out fiasco it became, with the public war of words with MO'N and the back room dealings by Parry it couldn't have possibly gone any worse, could it? MO'N wanted 18 mill that our board wouldn't release but those same people were happy to let 20mill go on the Keane deal. What gives? Were there some vested interests at play here?
I'm sure Rafa regrets how it all went pear shaped but has he learnt anything from the experience? He continues to sit on the touch line at games, scowling and frantically scribbling in his notebook. What he needs to do is get up and start cheering his team on, just like SAF, Whinger, MO'N and pretty much every other manager in the EPL. He needs to be giving his players huge pats on the back when they get substituded, publicly thanking them in front of the crowd for their great efforts.
Does Alonso regret his move?
A bit harder to see that one, especially in light of the huge hole we have fallen into this season.
All I can say is I miss seeing him play. I can't stomach watching the rubbish they dish up in spain. I keep trying but about 30 minutes is all I can last.
I hope he plays every game in the World Cup, just so we can see what might have been with him feeding Torres and Villa.
Massive f*ck up this was by Benitez, but in saying that was this what brought on Alonso's upshot in form last season to put himself in the shop window because the previous seasons beforehand he was was'nt special and we only saw the real Xabi Alonso last season, beforehand we only saw glimpses of his real ability.
Watched the 'Real' game last night and the way he strolls about with relative ease, ditributing the ball about without having a seconds thought had me purring.
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That the problem though isn't it. For two seasons Alonso was blighted by injuries and his form was poor. Many people wanted Barry as he was excellent and the driving force of a strong Villa side, plus he was english and the theory was that Barry and Gerrard in the centre of midfield for both us and england could only make things better. Whether it was Rafa's negotiation technique or the board not fronting up the money for Barry we won't know but either way we didn't get him. Alonso then manages to get himself fit, plays the best football of his life and helps us to 2nd in the league. Summer comes along and Real turn up offering 30mil, 3x what we expected the season before, and roughly double(he was 13.5 or something when we bought him i believe) what we paid initially. This being a WC year, and seeing the opportunity to play in a Madrid team with the likes of Ramos, Kaka, Ronaldo etc he couldn't really turn it down.
Its a bit of a catch 22 as if Rafa had done nothing at the start of last season, when we all wanted Barry and Alonso had been poor again he would have got slated, but because of what Rafa did Alonso had the season of his life and now that he is gone, Rafa is yet again slated.