Parry defends Barry stance
Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Reds chief executive claims midfielder's price is 'too high'

Sky Sports

Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry insists the club's American owners are not questioning Rafa Benitez's judgement in the pursuit of Gareth Barry.

Benitez has been keen to add Aston Villa midfielder Barry to his squad, but the Reds had been unable to agree a fee with their Premier League rivals.

Speaking after Friday's friendly win over Lazio, Benitez suggested he could still sign Barry and that the situation was 'not a question of money'.

However, there have been reports that Liverpool owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks are unwilling to spend £18million on the England international.

Parry is adamant the owners will back Benitez in the transfer market, but has stated the price being quoted for Barry is 'too high'.
Backing Rafa

"There has been a lot of comment today regarding our position with regards to Gareth Barry," Parry told the club's official website.

"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."

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