Liverpool FC don't expect Barcelona Javier Mascherano move

16 November 2009 08:00
Javier Mascherano and Rafa Benitez 460[LNB]LIVERPOOL are not expecting any fresh interest from Barcelona in Javier Mascherano in January.[LNB]Weekend reports suggested the midfielder's advisers had already negotiated personal terms with the Catalans in advance of a transfer fee being agreed with the Reds.[LNB]However, there has been no contact between the clubs since the summer when Barca were informed Mascherano was not for sale.[LNB]Back then Rafa Benitez insisted even £50million wouldn't convince him to part company with the Argentina international and the Reds don't expect the manager's resolve to be tested when the transfer window reopens.[LNB]Joan Laporta's term as Barcelona president ends next June and as the election battle hots up uncertainty reigns at the Nou Camp.[LNB]Manager Pep Guardiola is a big admirer of Mascherano but his own future is currently up in the air with him refusing to commit to a new contract until he knows who the new president is.[LNB]Until the presidential issue is settled next year it's unlikely Barca will make any major additions to their squad.[LNB]Meanwhile, Fabio Aurelio faces a race against time to be fit for Saturday's Premier League clash with Manchester City.

Source: Liverpool_Echo