Louie Barry’s epic journey from Barcelona to Aston Villa goalscorer vs Liverpool
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Louie Barry starred on Friday night despite Liverpool’s comfortable win over Aston Villa.
The home side were forced to name a team made up of U18 players due to a Covid-19 outbreak that spread through the first-team stars earlier in the week.
Jurgen Klopp named a very strong team before stating that he wasn’t feeling sympathetic for the hosts, and they were met with some fine defensive resolve despite the eventual 4-1 scoreline.
The reigning Premier League champions ran riot in the second-half following an inspired opening 45 minutes during which Villa were brought level by teenager Barry.
In what Michael Owen called textbook finishing, Barry raced clear to slot home past Caoimhin Kelleher, but his skill would not have surprised those that know him.
The England, and former Republic of Ireland, youth international moved back to the UK with Villa last year after spending time at the famous La Masia academy of Barcelona.
That move came about after 10 years with West Brom, despite the Barry family being huge fans of Villa, as seen by photos of Louie wearing claret and blue as a child.
It then cost his boyhood club an initial £880,000 to bring him back to the UK from Spain, and his performance in the FA Cup could kickstart his first-team career under Dean Smith.
When signing him last January, Villa chief executive Christian Purslow has described Barry as ‘the best 16-year-old in England’ which shows just how highly he is rated.
Villa's academy manager Mark Harrison added: “He’s really driven, he’s got great family support.
"But in terms of what he can achieve, we firmly believe that he can be an outstanding number nine for this football club.”
Manager Smith has said: “Louie has been an academy signing first and foremost but he is one with an awful lot of potential.
With Barry replying: “I am fighting for the first team. What I want to do first at Villa is play really well and go up the ranks.
"My main ambition is to be in the first team by the end of the season.”
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