Midfielder’s future hangs in the balance!
Liverpool’s title plans have been thrown into disarray by a stand off between Javier Mascherano and manager Rafa Benitez.
The pair fell out at the end of last season after Benitez rotated the team, leaving Mascherano out of some crucial matches.
The 25-yearold captain of Argentina is now pressing for a move to La Liga,
declaring he is ‘flattered’ by reported interest from Barcelona.
The player’s attempt to force his way out of Anfield has stunned Benitez, who is also having to reconsider letting Xabi Alonso go to Real Madrid for an inflated £35million.
Benitez has always regarded Mascherano as one of his “untouchables” along with Pepe Reina, Steve Gerrard and Fernando Torres. He saved him from rotting in the reserves at West Ham and hopes their past ties will help him talk the player round to staying.
But if Mascherano sticks to his guns, it leaves the Spanish manager needing to re-think his entire summer transfer strategy. Originally he wanted to replace Alonso with long-time target Gareth Barry but needed to rethink when Barry signed for Manchester City.
The Source: (Daily Mail)
Whichever way you look at it, this summer’s transfer planning has not gone quite as Rafa would have wanted it to. Yes he bagged very impressive right back Glen Johnson but he probably wasn’t expecting two of his midfield mainstays to be pushing for a move, especially after the club’s best league performance in many years.
Javier Mascherano will be pushing Benitez to the limit and the Liverpool boss may find it easier to give in to his apparent urge to leave, rather than to keep hold of a player who has stated (albeit through his agent) that he would love to play for Barcelona. At least Xabi has been a little more restrained on the issue stating that he would be happy to go to Real Madrid and happy to stay, more restrained but nonetheless a little too much like sitting on the fence.
The Argentine Captain apparently has the get out clause of blaming his wife if the move does indeed go ahead, his missus doesn’t like it in England apparently, Vidic’s wife made similar statements, only for the Serbian to publicly ignore her calls for a move. Are Anfield fans worried that either or indeed both talented players could leave?
Mascherano to Barcelona: Looking increasingly likely