Star admits he’s unsettled at Liverpool

By on May 17, 2010

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By Football Talk.

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has cast doubt on his Anfield future after confessing his family are finding it tough living in Liverpool. The Argentinean international was close to a move to Barcelona last summer but Rafa Benitez blocked the transfer, to the disappointment of Mascherano and something that affected his early season form, but his latest comments are sure to alert the Catalan giants once more.

“The situation with Barcelona really affected me.“It was a shame it didn’t happen as it was the city I wanted to live in.

“There were many discussions and problems during that month and a half. They were difficult times for me. One day I was off to Barcelona, the next I wasn’t.

“And Liverpool said I was non-transferable.

“Psychologically, it affected me as I couldn’t think in Liverpool and I was focused on other stuff and not on my work, my training and playing.

Mascherano goes on to describe how he and his family struggle to fill their spare time in Liverpool, and regular trips to London are not enough as his wife and children are forced to stay at home due to cultural barriers.

“I don’t do much stuff in my free time, that’s the truth.

“I could go to London with my wife to do some shopping but I have already been to London 1,000 times and if I want to go to another city I would have to take a plane.

“What kills me about living in Liverpool is that there are only two Argentinians here with me, Emiliano Insua and Maxi Rodriguez.

“Insua and I live in a private neighbourhood. He lives in one tower and I live in the other. There are 15 metres between us and we used to look at each other through the window.

“Sometimes Zabaleta comes from Manchester but there is no way Carlos Tevez comes here. If I want to see him, I have to go to his place and knock on his door.

“He doesn’t like to leave his home. So during the winter, during those four or five months, I have to stay at home all day with my family.

“I have no problem living in Liverpool, but I think my wife and daughters deserve to enjoy every day to the full and live their lives – but they have to be at home all day.

“My wife doesn’t speak a word of English, so she depends 100% on me. I live here with them. That’s my world, that’s my life.”

Although Mascherano says he himself is happy in Liverpool, there is no doubt he is concerned for about the well-being of his family and life in Merseyside is far from ideal for them. More uncertainty surrounding a star player is the last thing Liverpool FC or Liverpool fans need at this time with daily rumours about Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres filling the back pages as well as the future of manager Rafa Benitez still to be decided.

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6 Comments

  1. Peter Worth

    May 17, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Sick of today’s players. If he (and any other LFC player) wants to go, then let them go. Better players than him have left us in the past. LFC is bigger than any player.

  2. Sanjeev

    May 17, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Agree with Peter Worth 100%……

  3. Jonski

    May 17, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I think it is hillarious the part where he says him and Insua look out at the window at each other. Haven’t they gpot webcams on their laptops?? Surely something has been “lost” in translation.

  4. Damo

    May 17, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Poor baby, what a horrible life? Funny how he seemed so happy to get away from the West Ham situation, where he couldn’t even get into the team. Now Barcelona is interested he starts talking about what he deserves? Surely he has learnt from last season, when Barca asked about him, were told the price and didn’t want to pay it. Doesn’t his wife sound like a lazy b!tch though? They probably ‘deserve’ each other. You’re in england, learn the lingo FFS!

  5. Phil Dickinson

    May 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I have to agree with what people are saying. If these quotes are genuine he is clearly fishing for some sympathy, but I’m afraid he won’t get any, not even from Liverpool fans.

    He is living in one of the finest cities in the country and is surrounded by more Spanish speaking players at Anfield than he could ever hope to be living in England.

    Why does Zabaleta have to come running over from Manchester to keep him company? Do we really have to keep Insua just so they can watch each other from their flats? If he moved to Barca, would Messi and Milito be enough in the way of Argentine friendship to keep him company?

    And, if his wife still can’t speak a word of English then she clearly hasn’t made any effort at all to learn.

    I don’t doubt Javier’s commitment on the pitch, and he’s a player we are always relieved to see on the team sheet. I for one want him to stay. But it sounds like he needs to man up a little bit.

  6. ikechukwu ogbonna

    May 17, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    liverpool should make the team conducive for him to stay and he will not give flimsy excuces for wanting to live

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