IAN RUSH: Javier Mascherano needs to ignore transfer speculation and focus on Liverpool FC
SO another weekend has passed with another story linking Javier Mascherano with a move to Barcelona. It was good to read in the ECHO yesterday that Liverpool quickly dismissed the speculation, as he is an important player. But the time has now come for Argentina's captain to back up the faith many have shown in him with a string of top displays for the Reds at this most crucial period. I don't know where the stories are coming from and you tend to find they only emerge when a team is having a bad patch. It doesn't do any good, though, and you must hope it doesn't prove too unsettling. In my view, Barcelona are not a bigger club than Liverpool and he would do well to remember he was given a chance here when things were going badly for him.
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