Liverpool legend John Barnes spoke to Goal in South Africa about his passion to help at AnfieldGoal caught up with the former England winger in Durban where the Liverpool legends tour against Kaizer Chiefs was announced. Barnes expressed his desire to get involved since the current drive to get their legends involved to strengthen the identity and brand of LFC.
Last week Liverpool added former star players Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler and Rob Jones to help mentor young players coming through at Anfield. Then former manager Kenny Dalglish rejoined the administration as a non executive director.
Speaking to Goal, Barnes said that if coach Brendan Rodgers called him up, he would jump at the chance to assist in any way.
“I would most definitely take the job. I played for Liverpool and working there would be a great way for me to show my appreciation to the club,” Barnes told Goal.
After a slow start last season, Rodgers is enjoying an excellent 2013 and is showing the form of a Champions League club. He's studied the history of the club, being inspired by legend Bill Shankly and wants to build continuity with a strong connection to the storied past, where Liverpool is currently the second most successful club in England, overtaken by Manchester United in recent years.
“It is the modern truth that we now lack legends that can identify with the club. I feel that being part of the system would benefit the club a lot since I understand the culture. The reality is that players come and go, but the club remains and that is why it is important to always protect the brand of the club,” said Barnes who previously coached at Celtic and Tranmere.
In terms of this season, Liverpool are currently second on the Premier League log, with Arsenal ahead on goal difference. The clubs main aim is to finish in the top four, and it's still early days after just seven league matches, with this season expected to be an open title race. However Barnes has his doubts about his old clubs chances to maintain their early form.
“I am not sure about them winning the league, since it has just begun. I doubt they will win it, but maybe they can finish in the top five," said Barnes.
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