Rafa Benitez is a charitable chap but his latest comparison between an Anfield failure and a current club hero barely needs to be made!
With Javier Mascherano rapidly assuming Claude Makelele’s coveted mantle as the best holding midfielder around, Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has been swift to praise the Argentine‘s unselfish appetite for work, and to compare him with the ’amazing’ former Reds midfielder Momo Sissoko…
“The work-rate of Javier in the midfield is amazing,” said Benitez.
“He can give the other midfield players more freedom. If you go with more offensive players you know he will be in a good defensive position, and that is very important for the team.”
Benitez then went on to compare Mascherano favourably to former Liverpool midfielder Sissoko, now at Juventus.
“The only player who covered more ground than Mascherano was Momo Sissoko. The difference is Javier has more experience. Momo was amazing and Mascherano is as good as Momo in terms of the work-rate but also has better positions.” (goal.com)
Javier is a fantastic player – a midfielder with bite and tenacity who has one hell of an engine. Momo? Well, he was pretty average in comparison. When the club managed to get a tad over 8m for the Malian international I was surprised as I am sure Benitez himself was. Mascherano is a player in a different league to Sissoko who, to be fair, has become a more complete player at Juventus. Do Liverpool fans think that their Argentine man is head and shoulders above their former player or am I being unkind to the former Auxerre man?