The prelude to what turned out to be a pretty awful encounter at Eastlands on Sunday was peppered with comments from the Liverpool camp playing down City's growing prominence, Dirk Kuyt amongst those pointing to the Reds' massive trophy haul and claiming the Blues did not have enough money to buy that.
As someone who came close to joining the Anfield outfit 12 months before he finally left Aston Villa for City, Barry is acutely aware of Liverpool's feats of yesteryear.
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But after matching them in an admittedly sterile encounter, Barry's belief about what will happen next has only been reinforced.
'The statement was true,' said the 29-year-old. 'You can't buy history. But they are talking about history, I am talking about the future.
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'I saw Manchester City reaching those heights when I was here rather than going the opposite way. That was the basis behind my decision.
'I believe this club is going in the right direction and I want to be a part of it.'
Barry is astute enough not to make any bold predictions, even though City remain a point in front of the Merseyside giants and still have a game in hand.
He realises the battle for fourth spot has a few twists still to take and that neither his old club Villa, nor Tottenham, who currently lie fourth, can be easily dismissed.
But the England star is certain where City are headed.
'We are not too far away,' he said. 'We have proved all season against the top teams that we can compete with them.
'I am here for a few years. If it doesn't happen this year I am confident it will happen while I am here.'
Barry expects to be part of Roberto Mancini's line-up for tomorrow's FA Cup fifth-round replay at Stoke. The winners visit Chelsea in the quarter-finals.
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