Liverpool set to complete Argentinian midfielder signing

Javier MascheranoJust as the transfer window was finally getting ready to slam shut, Liverpool look to have completed the signing of Javier Mascherano, the Argentinian World Cup star, who has been rotting away out of sight at Premiership strugglers West Ham United.

The reds will complete an 18 month loan deal in the coming days for Mascherano from the Hammers after FIFA finally relented and relaxed their rule insisting a player could not play for more than two clubs in a season. The Argentine domestic season overlapped the English Premiership back in August 2006. As reported earlier this month, the player actually had his medical with Liverpool over 3 weeks ago.

Rafa Benitez had this to say, and is hopeful that he has the power to turn Mascherano (who was a star of the Argentinian team in the 2006 World Cup) in to a great Premiership player:

“We have an agreement to take him on loan for 18 months then we have an option to sign him permanently.

“He is a top class player and the only question is whether he can play to his level in England. But I know he can play a lot better than he did at West Ham.”

Benitez pointed to a number of factors in his favour:

“West Ham are a fantastic club but maybe it wasn’t the right club for him,” he said.

“Maybe Liverpool can be a better option for him because we can speak in Spanish to him and we play a different style of football.”

The signing is widely predicted to be Liverpool’s only signing in the January transfer window which could impact significantly on the first team. However Liverpool are now out of both domestic cup competitions, have 14 critical Premiership games left, a two-legged affair against Barcelona, and Rafa is notorious for not playing first team squad players in reserve fixtures.

So….will Mascherano get any more football at Liverpool than he did at West Ham (where he played 5 times in 3 months)?

26 comments on
Liverpool set to complete Argentinian midfielder signing

  1. Why does he have to come? Don’t understand what will he do. HE is a world class player but we need to concentrate on someone like Danny Alves.
    Just cause he is a world class player doesn’t mean he can do well for the team. Who cares if we buy world class central midfielders? not all will play. ITs like having Gerrard,Lampard,Mascherano,Makelele,Ballack all in one team. NO point so get a world class right winger and then think about MASCHERANO. Good player no need.

  2. A couple of people have suggested that just because a news item isn’t on a ‘major’ website then it won’t happen.

    Transfer news is published on this website when we know IT IS going to happen.

  3. So are we going to play a five man midfield after Sissoko comes back or are we dropping one of our central midfielders to play Mascherano?

    If it is a five man midfield then who is the lone striker?

    Is Xabi Alonso dropping to the bench?

    All these questions will remain so i hope Masche will come good here.

    Sell Zenden is perfect now

    But aren’t we going too far with dropping one of our central midfield or not playing one of our strikers. Bellamy has pace and Kuyt needs a partner to become the dreaded Dirk Kuyt

  4. Superb Signing if it goes through in time!
    I also hope that DIC buy the club and not the American who wants a ground share in a blue and red stadium!!?? 🙁

  5. hopefully the argentian ace javier masherano will enjoy play for liverpool than from west ham thanks
    gareth galdes 16yrs luqa malta lfc super supporter

  6. Kris, when Rafa said he had no holding midfielders, he was talking about in support. Yes we have Alonso and the returning Sissoko and we often play them together. But if either or both are unavailable we do not have a true holding midfielder. We have Stevie who is superb at marshalling the midfield and distributint the ball out to where it is needed but a genuine holding midfielder is able to allow the wing men and front men to maneouvre into positions for set plays that break down defences.

    I think Mascher will be a good addition to the squad and it has baffled me that West Ham have not been able to utilise a player of his skill and stature. Surely it wasn’t only the language barrier? I guess the Hammers are not blessed with enough players of the skill level that South American players are used to and they do get shut out of games unless they are played with the right people and in the right way.

    Not saying he is a definite star for us but he has huge potential and could do really well.

    Cheers,
    Rob

  7. good signing, didnt see him play much for the hammers but hopefuly he will come to us with the right attitude and play well… ynwa

  8. I was under the impression Rafa meant except for Alonso we have no holding midfielder. For all his defensive skills and work ethic Sissoko aint exactly a very good holder of the ball, let alone passing it. Just like RolandG I’m fairly confident Mascherano will prove one of Rafa’s better signings once fully fit and settled. Good news indeed!

  9. This guy is seriously world class. i see him as a replacement for the ineffective Zenden, who can be sold in the summer.
    Alonso needs to liven up a bit having been fairly average this season and Mascher will do just that.
    Judge him on the world cup, not his west ham days. 22 and with a great attitude, this is a steal.

  10. He wants sissoko to play further up the field and chase and break up the play

    i think gerrard will be on the right again soon with a licence to roam and attack

  11. Will be interesting to see how he’s used. He’s at a good age and will further free gerrard to either be used in other positions, like right midfield, and to be rested by using Mascherano with Sissoko as defensive midfielders and alonso or Zenden attacking.

    Of course, it means that we further improve our second string if nothing else. He was arguably Argentina’s most consistent performaer at teh world cup, which is why there was so much excitement about his move to West Ham.

    Our Spanish speakers will welcome him with open arms.

  12. well i dont think he will feature much this season but rafa is very cleverman ass we now. Even if it doesnt work out..it is to keep Xabi on his toes. Good work..no soryy..great work rafa

  13. I think we now have one of the best midfielders in the Premiership which is goods news to us, as such i think its high time Gerrard start operating just behind strikers especially in the Champions Leage against Barca.

    You will never walk alone!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. I think Masch will definitely get more chances than at WHU. If he looks good in training I feel he might even get a chance against Barca, unless Sissoko does very well in February. What I do not get though is why Rafa says LFC have no other holding midfielder. What about Alonso, Sissoko?

  15. Rafa will check on his form and play him in a few Reserve games to gauge his match fitness. He also needs to rid himself of the mental shackles and give Rafa the motivation to pick him. He will only get to play if he is fit and Rafa thinks that he is up for it.

    This is a wonderful capture for us and once the lads hits the straps, he will do well at Liverpool. He is some talent.

  16. This is just the Daily Mail jumpimg the gun and taking Rafa’s quotes way out of context.

    Until it’s on the offal or FIFA come out with an announcment, I wouldn’t believe a word of it.

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