With it expected that the Brazilian will quit Anfield this summer, we take a look at five players who could take over from the holding midfielder ….
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Javier Mascherano (FC Barcelona)
While the all-action holding midfielder may have left Merseyside in controversial circumstances in the summer of 2010 after effectively going on strike in order to seal his dream move to Camp Nou, there is no doubt that the player would still be welcomed back with open arms at Anfield this summer.
And with rumours already rife that the Argentina international has now played his final game for Barca and now wants to return to play in the Premier League next season, then Reds boss Brendan Rodgers could do worse than re-sign the 29-year-old.