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Gerrard told Benitez that Barry could not replace Alonso

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The Reds’ legend has revealed that the England midfielder Barry was the first-choice replacement for Xabi Alonso.

Steven Gerrard has stated that he had to talk Rafa Benitez out of signing Gareth Barry. Alonso left Anfield in 2009 and joined Real Madrid after five years of service for Liverpool. However, Gerrard believes that the club should have done more in order to keep the holding midfielder.

Liverpool’s plans were to part ways with the Spaniard and sign Gareth Barry as a replacement, but club icon Gerrard did not think that was the right choice.

“He wanted to move Xabi on and bring in Gareth,” Gerrard told BT Sport. “Now, for me that wasn’t the right move, although I’m a big fan of Gareth Barry.

“I’d rather have him in to play alongside Xabi because I think they could have worked together.

“I don’t think it was the right move from a Liverpool point of view to replace Xabi with Gareth. The fans love Xabi, he’s a world-class player, and for me, Rafa should have been doing everything to keep him and not have him move on.”