Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Mascherano to stay at Liverpool

Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano insists he sees his future at Liverpool.

Mascherano’s future has been cast into some doubt of late by suggestions from the Argentina captain he had not ruled out a summer departure from Anfield.

Manager Rafael Benitez had previously made it clear he was going nowhere, and Mascherano has now added his voice to that view.

Mascherano said: "My future is here. I am here and I will continue to give 100percent and it will always be like this. I think we have taken a big step this season, a really big step.

"In the past three or four seasons Liverpool have lost the league maybe in December or January but this time we are there right at the very end of the season and we still have a chance so this is very important.

"Our job now is to continue to work hard and to improve because we have shown that we can win against the biggest teams."

The frustration for Liverpool is that they could end the campaign having scored more goals than Manchester United, lost just two games against United’s four, achieved a bigger goal difference and also completed a double over the Old Trafford side.

United should seal the four points they need on Wednesday at Wigan and then at home to Arsenal on Saturday, and be crowned champions before Liverpool play next at West Brom on Sunday. Liverpool’s demise has been caused by costly home draws with Stoke, Fulham, West Ham and Hull, as well as away draws at Stoke and Wigan.

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