Former Argentina international Jorge Solari has heaped glowingpraise on Javier Mascherano, describing the Liverpool man as the one ofbest midfielders his country has produced in the last four decades.
Solari, who founded the Renato Cesarini football club and academywhere Mascherano started out, was speaking to Spanish radio stationRAC-1 amid media speculation that European champions Barcelona arelooking at the 25-year-old as a possible summer signing.
Solari even rates Mascherano as a better all-round midfielder than ex-Real Madrid and AC Milan star Fernando Redondo, who Solari coached while they were both at Tenerife in the early 1990s.
"For me he (Mascherano) is the best central midfielder that has left Argentina in the last 30-40 years," said Solari.
"Even better than Redondo. Javier covers a lot of ground, defends very well, especially one-on-ones, he attacks, he has good technique, he is intelligent and adapts to whatever the coach wants from him."