Liverpool FC don't expect Barcelona Javier Mascherano move

16 November 2009 08:00
Javier Mascherano and Rafa Benitez 460

LIVERPOOL are not expecting any fresh interest from Barcelona in Javier Mascherano in January.

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.

However, there has been no contact between the clubs since the summer when Barca were informed Mascherano was not for sale.

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.

Joan Laporta's term as Barcelona president ends next June and as the election battle hots up uncertainty reigns at the Nou Camp.

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.

Until the presidential issue is settled next year it's unlikely Barca will make any major additions to their squad.

Meanwhile, Fabio Aurelio faces a race against time to be fit for Saturday's Premier League clash with Manchester City.

Source: Liverpool_Echo