Saturday, 18 July 2009

Benitez and Mascherano hold talks

Javier Mascherano will play his first game for Liverpool when Rafael Benitez’s side meet Rapid Vienna tomorrow night, as the Liverpool manager aims to build the Argentinean’s fitness and match practice ahead of The Reds Far East tour.

The midfielder who enjoyed an extended summer break following the birth of his second daughter last weekend, joined up with his team mates at their Swiss training camp on Thursday.

The player has been the subject of constant speculation over the summer with the Barcelona keen to secure the midfield general’s services. However today’s Echo confirms player and manager have met to discuss the press reports, stating: “The pair have spoken about the speculation which has surrounded Mascherano throughout the future but the Reds boss is keen to keep the matter in house for the time being, choosing

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