Saturday, November 10, 2007

Reds Want Mascherano Deal

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez wants Javier Mascherano to remain at the club on a permanent basis.

The tough-tackling midfielder is midway through an 18-month loan deal following his arrival from West Ham United last January.

Mascherano had failed to settle at Upton Park where he made just three Premier League starts in five unhappy months.

But following his move to Merseyside last season, the Argentina international has started 22 games and caught the eye with a string of effective performances.

"Mascherano wants to stay, he is very happy here," Benitez told the Liverpool Post.

"He is a key player for us and I have been talking with him and he is really pleased to be at Liverpool.

"His family are settled here and his wife is learning English and he is very comfortable here.

"Javier also knows that the supporters like him and I think if everything is okay he will stay with us.

"We are happy with him so it would be good for everyone if he stayed at Liverpool."

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