first_img Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVE on talkSPORT Cardiff vs Fulham (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Manchester United (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBristol City vs Middlesbrough (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Sheffield United (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Burnley vs Liverpool (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta stalemate Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ rookie error Benitez made Barry a top transfer target following the 2008/09 campaign, but the former England midfielder opted to sign for Manchester City.And after Barry’s move to City, Alonso joined Real Madrid in a £30million deal ahead of the new season. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas latest Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week 2 deals OFF Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ “Barry had been playing for years at his maximum level and, at this time, he could play in three positions – midfielder, winger and left-back.“We had [Javier] Mascherano, Lucas Leiva and [Steven] Gerrard with experience, and selling Alonso was a way to make some money and balance the team. Getty Getty LATEST on target Former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has defended his decision to chase Gareth Barry at the expense of losing Xabi Alonso in 2009.At the time, Barry was thriving for Aston Villa in the Premier League, while Alonso starred for the Reds. Xabi Alonso won the Champions League trophy in 2005 Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship In a Q&A session held by The Athletic, Benitez, who managed Liverpool for six years between 2004 and 2010, was asked for his ‘thoughts on chasing Gareth Barry, which led to Xabi Alonso leaving’. The Spaniard replied: “The Barry story is something that still people don’t understand. Gareth Barry enjoyed a successful spell at Manchester City “Barry wasn’t to replace Alonso, he was to give us something different that we didn’t have at this time.”Barry won a Premier League title and an FA Cup with City, before joining Everton on a permanent deal in 2014.Meanwhile, Alonso enjoyed success with Real Madrid, winning a Champions League trophy and LaLiga title before retiring in 2017. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS statement 2 targets last_img