Aston Villas Louie Barry chased Liverpools Fabinho down tunnel after FA Cup game – Liverpool Echo

Aston Villas Louie Barry chased Liverpools Fabinho down tunnel after FA Cup game – Liverpool Echo

Aston Villa starlet Louie Barry thanked Liverpool ace Fabinho for his generous gesture following Friday night’s FA Cup showdown.

The Reds eventually saw off a spirited young Villa side 4-1 in their third round tie at Villa Park.

Villa had to field a team entirely made up of under-23 and under-18 players in the wake of a Covid-19 outbreak at the club.

They put up a brave fight, however, and the sides were level at 1-1 after the opening 45 minutes.

Teenager Barry got the Villa goal, cancelling out Sadio Mane’s early opener.

Liverpool went on to take control of the tie, adding three goals without reply in the second half, courtesy of Gini Wijnaldum, Mane and Mohamed Salah.

Nonetheless, it was a night to remember for 17-year-old Barry and his young team-mates.

At the final whistle, Barry excitedly swapped shirts with Fabinho – only to be reminded by a member of the Villa backroom staff that he might want to hold on to his own jersey for posterity.

Barry then had to chase and catch up with Fabinho in the tunnel and explained the situation.

The Liverpool man was quite happy to return the shirt, while letting him keep his as well.

Asked about it afterwards, Barry told BT Sport: “I nearly did (give my shirt away) – but I remembered it was my debut shirt.

“Credit to Fabinho, I got (his) shirt as well, so I’ve got both of them.”

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Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen – working as a pundit at the game – said: “Fabinho gave him his shirt in the end, so he got two for the price of one.

“It’s a nice little moment and, do you know what, it often happens. Everyone’s getting shirts and you think that’s a souvenir for the future, when you actually what you’ve done in that match.

“But that’s your debut shirt – that’s even more important than anything. That’ll be up on your wall forever.”