Liverpool FC Chief Executive Rick Parry said: “There has been a lot of comment today regarding our position with regards to Gareth Barry.
“This is not about questioning the Manager’s judgement or the ability of a particular player. The owners have clearly demonstrated throughout the year they are willing to back Rafa in the transfer market and will continue to do so.
“It is obviously the selling club’s prerogative to put whatever price they want on the player, but on this occasion Liverpool think the price quoted is too high.”
Haven’t the owners (Hicks) learned yet that going public doesn’t fix anything? Even now we’re not saying we will or we won’t, we’re simply whining about the price, but now in the public forum.
As for saying this doesn’t imply that they are not backing Rafa, I would have to say that that’s a load of piss. I think it’s been quite clear that Rafa wants him in the team. I also think it’s quite clear that 18 million is a bit steep, but he’s not being bought to be sold. He’s being bought to help us win a title, which would bring us an infinitely larger sum in the long run. I know that that is predicated on us actually winning the league and perhaps bringing home that 6th European Cup, but I think that now is the time to take those gambles. We have the strongest squad we’ve had in some time, our rivals have yet to seriously strengthen, and we have a manager who has shown he has a nose for winning.
Even being from America, I have to say it’s time to put up or shut up.
Otherwise, get the Yanks outta town.
*waves white flag at DIC*