Liverpool boosted in race to sign Javier Mascherano

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Liverpool's chances of re-signing Javier Mascherano look to have been given a boost, with speculation suggesting that the Barcelona midfielder has no interest in playing for Napoli.

This is according to Catalan publication Sport, who further suggest that Mascherano - who appears to be valued at around the €15 million mark - would not mind returning to Merseyside and finishing his illustrious career with the Reds.

29-year-old Mascherano first joined Liverpool back in February 2007, with the Argentine having failed to endear himself to West Ham fans after his controversial and rather surprising move to Upton Park from Corinthians.

After becoming a mainstay of the side for three years under Rafael Benitez, Mascherano eventually left Anfield to join Barcelona in 2010.

While he has also been a regular performer at the Camp Nou during his subsequent three-year stint in La Liga, his future at the club appears to be in doubt after reports yesterday suggested that the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal had been alerted of his potential availability after he admitted that the upcoming title-decider against Atletico Madrid could be his final game for Barcelona.

Liverpool's midfield has been a crucial part of their surprising success under Brendan Rodgers this season, with legendary captain and club stalwart Steven Gerrard having been successfully transformed into a deep-lying playmaker.

While the likes of Jordan Henderson - who will take his place in Brazil this summer after being named in Roy Hodgson's England squad for the 2014 World Cup yesterday - have also performed admirably during the club's title pursuit, there is no doubt that Liverpool would benefit from the return of a player as experienced as Mascherano.

A veteran of two La Liga title-winning campaigns, he has also won the Champions League during his spell at Barcelona and would provide good protection for Liverpool's shaky backline.

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