Mascherano can lead us back to fourth place, insists Liverpool boss Benitez

15 February 2010 04:51
Perfect example: Liverpool's Javier Mascherano[LNB]Rafa Benitez believes midfielder Javier Mascherano can inspire Liverpool to fourth place in the Barclays Premier League and halt hard charging Manchester City in their tracks.[LNB]Liverpool and City are locked together on 44 points in the league table with Benitez's men occupying fourth place courtesy of a better goal difference.[LNB]City, however, have two games in hand and are determined to qualify for the Champions League this season.[LNB]But Benitez reckons the form Mascherano has shown since returning from a knee injury last month can convince the rest of the Liverpool squad that finishing fourth is still in their grasp. [LNB]Speaking ahead of Liverpool clash at City next weekend, the Liverpool boss said: 'Javier is showing on the pitch why he is the captain of Argentina. He is someone who has a very good character, he is very positive and can inspire those around him.[LNB]'He is setting an example to the rest of the team. I am really pleased with the way all of them are playing at the minute but Javier is a player who is doing really well for us.[LNB]'Look at the derby. He played in a different position (right-back) but he still managed to have a massive impact and everyone can see there is a big difference in what he is doing now.'[LNB]  Liverpool would have been debt-free if my £70m investment offer was accepted, claims Wolves owner Steve Morgan Manchester City clash will not determine who qualifies for the Champions League, insists Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez LIVERPOOL FC

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