Gareth Barry – 632 not out
WEST BROM’S Gareth Barry clocked up his 632nd Premier League appearance yesterday – drawing level with Ryan Giggs as the Premier League’s leading appearance maker.
The midfielder played 90 minutes as the Baggies drew 0-0 with West Ham. Barry, 36, made his top-flight debut in May 1998 when he replaced Ian Taylor in a 3-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday. Since then he has become one of the JURGEN KLOPP ended a frustrating week for Liverpool by admitting: “I’m not in a perfect mood.”
A 5-0 defeat by Man City last Saturday and a midweek draw at home against Sevilla in the Champions League were followed by a stalemate against Burnley at Anfield yesterday.
Liverpool’s 125th anniversary game finished 1-1 and Kop boss Klopp said: “Lots of the parts of the game I was happy with – proper football.
“But we didn’t finish it off. Results-wise it’s been a frustrating week.
“I can’t feel positivity today but I will tomorrow because of our football. We could have Premier League’s most reliable perfomers during spells with Manchester City, Everton and the Baggies.
He was an FA Cup winner with City in 2011 and won the Premier League the next season.
Not known for his goalscoring, the Hastings-born star has still pitched in with 52 league goals for his four clubs.
Frank Lampard is the next on the list after Barry and Giggs, with 609 appearances.
The next highest total of a player still in the
MR ANGRY: Klopp was a frustrated man on the touchline ■ MODERN MAN: Barry against West Ham top flight is 479 – Man United’s Michael Carrick.
Baggies boss Tony Pulis said: “From the outside, over the years, I’ve always been a great admirer.
“Him coming into the football club, you realise the dedication and his application towards his profession is absolutely fantastic.” ■ STARTING OUT: Barry back in 1998