Mascherano pledges his future to Liverpool

Javier Mascherano has pledged his future to Liverpool after growing speculation that the Argentina captain was set to leave Anfield. Rafa Benitez recently confirmed that an unnamed club had contacted the Reds to inquire about Mascherano and the midfielder hinted that he could leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

But the 24-year-old told Liverpool's official website that his future lies at Anfield: "My future is here," Mascherano said. "I am here and I will continue to give 100%. It will always be like this."

The Argentinian continued: "I think we have taken a big step this season, a really big step. In the past three or four seasons Liverpool have lost the league maybe in December or January but this time we are there right at the very end of the season and we still have a chance. This is very important."

The news will come as a relief to Liverpool fans and if they can just convince Benitez not to flog Xabi Alonso in the summer the Reds may have a chance to challenge for the Premier League title next season.

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