News came out earlier today that Rafa Benitez has put a bid in for Aston Villa's Gareth Barry. I have to wonder - is this a good move?
Today marks exactly 10 years since Barry's debut for Villa, and he has been an incredibly loyal servant to them.
Villa's 27-year-old talismanic captain has made 391 appearances for them in all competitions since then, scoring 43 goals, and became the youngest player to ever reach the 300 premiership games mark. He has started 376 of those 391 matches, which just shows how important he has been to them.
He has had another consistent season this year and even held down a regular place in Steve McClaren's England side as his main holding midfielder.
But would a move to Liverpool benefit him and Liverpool?
I'm not so sure.
One things for certain, he won't enjoy the amount of games he does for Villa at the moment. Recently, he's been playing in a central midfield role - the most competitive position at Liverpool with the likes of Gerrard, Mascherano, Lucas and Alonso already there.
Gerrard certainly won't make way for him and, if he's being brought in as a holding player, we already have Mascherano, who I believe to be the best in the world in that position.
I also have to ask whether it would be good for Liverpool.
Barry is a good player, and a stand out performer for Aston Villa. However, if Liverpool want to make a genuine challenge for the title, they need to spend big and buy stand out performers from bigger teams.
Too often recently have Liverpool bought the stand out performers from worse teams, and the players haven't had the same effect at Liverpool, because they're not good enough to win titles. I'm thinking the likes of Benayoun and Pennant.
No doubt have these players done well for us, but if you look at Man United's counterparts - Nani, Ronaldo, Giggs etc, the quality difference is huge.
If we want to challenge for the title we need to stop buying good players like Barry, and start buying great players. The American owners want to show they care about the club? Spend big - bring Messi to the club.