Show us the money

The Javier Mascherano saga looks set to continue until, ooh about the end of the month. As we reported on yesterday, the stroppy Argentine midfielder was left out of the Liverpool squad after he asked to be let go to Barcelona, but Roy Hodgson has insisted that until the Catalan giants get somewhere near the Reds valuation, he won’t be going anywhere.

Liverpool were hammered 3-0 by Manchester City in his absence last night, and after the game Hodgson made it clear that it was Mascherano’s desire for the transfer which has led to his absence.

‘Javier Mascherano is not in the right frame of mind at the moment to play the game because his head has been turned by the offer from Barcelona,’ Hodgson said. ‘The fee that the club thinks is the correct fee and one that has been offered are very far apart and unless that can be resolved he might be unhappy for a long time.

‘I'm not going to get involved in that. The discussions between the club and Barcelona are being held at high club level. As a result I don't really want to start speaking and saying things that may or may not be true.

‘The danger of those questions is that I could give you an answer and if my answer is not 100% correct then all of a sudden I'm creating headlines. I have no wish to create headlines over the Mascherano situation.

‘It's not the first time these things happen and there are a lot of clubs at the moment suffering from their players being courted by other clubs and players therefore being unhappy and required to fulfil their contracts. This has developed over the last few days. I haven't heard about the situation for the last two or three days.’

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