Mascherano: Keane will flourish

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Javier Mascherano has joined the clamour of appreciation from Anfield for Robbie Keane as Liverpool prepare for their Champions League Group D home clash with PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday night.

Irishman Keane is still to score after 10 games for his new club following his £20million move from Tottenham in the summer. He has received strong support from Steven Gerrard and Dirk Kuyt in recent weeks, and now midfielder Mascherano has added his weight to the argument.

He said: "Robbie Keane is a great player, and now he is playing in a different system to what he was used to at Spurs."

He added: "He must get used to the different way that we play, but of course I believe he can have a great partnership with Fernando Torres."

With Gerrard searching for his 100th goal for the club - as Liverpool look for their 100th goal under manager Rafael Benitez in European competition - Mascherano is confident Keane will get off the mark.

He said: "Robbie has scored lots of goals in his career and he will do the same here."

Benitez will have Mascherano back from a calf injury to face the Dutch champions. The problem now for Benitez is the rampant expectation that sees them expected to beat sides like PSV at Anfield.

In 2006-07 on the way to the Athens final against AC Milan, Liverpool met PSV four times in the competition. The sides played out a goalless draw in Holland in the group stages with Liverpool winning the return 2-0.

They then met in the quarter-final with the Reds winning 3-0 in Holland and by a one-goal margin at Anfield.

Benitez said: "PSV are a different side with a different manager and many players since the last time we played them in Europe. Yes, we have beaten them at Anfield twice, but that is when things can be dangerous. People expect things to happen."

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