Liverpool return unlikely for Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano

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Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano claims he ‘needs to give a chapter of his career to River Plate’ amidst rumours Jurgen Klopp was interested in bringing him back to Anfield, according to the Metro.

The 33-year-old made over 100 appearances for The Reds in a three-and-a-half season spell, finishing as a runner up in the English Premier League and UEFA Champions League.

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Javier Mascherano was exclusively considered as a defensive midfielder in his time at Liverpool, forming an immense understanding alongside lynchpin Xabi Alonso in what was one of the best midfield pairings in world football.

While he’s enjoyed considerably more success since moving to Barcelona in 2010, the Argentine feels his next career decision will be based on the situation of his family.

“I believe I need to give a chapter of my career to River Plate,” said Mascherano.

“My future has nothing to do with money, I used to make my own decisions but now they’re done by my family, I cannot forget my kids and their situation.”

Javier Mascherano came through River Plate’s youth academy in 2003, making 71 appearances for the club until Brazilian Serie A outfit Corinthians picked him up in 2005.

After moving to England with West Ham in what would become one of the most controversial transfer stories of the summer of 2006, Mascherano made his mark on Merseyside with Liverpool.

Barcelona have since successfully transformed him into a centre-half, an area which Liverpool have consistently struggled in the past few seasons.

However, the veteran hardman admitted he doesn’t know what he will do when his Barcelona contract expires in 2019.

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