Olympics quandary for Rafa

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Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is set to discuss with Javier Mascherano the Argentinian´s possible participation in this summer´s Olympic Games.

Mascherano, 23, looks likely to be named in Sergio Batista´s Argentina squad as an over-age player but the issue has seemingly caused consternation at Anfield with Benitez worried about his absence for the start of the new Barclays Premier League campaign.

Benitez told the club´s website, "This is a very difficult situation for us because we have Lucas, who is eligible through his age with Brazil, and Mascherano, who can play for Argentina as an over-age player, so I need to discuss his position with him. We will see what happens."

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