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Mascherano pays homage to Benitez whilst hinting at a possible reunion with him in Italy


By Ross Mackiewicz.

Liverpool’s defensive midfielder Javier Mascharano has hinted at a possible departure from Anfield in the wake of Rafael Benitez’s exit during the week. Reports in Italy suggest that the former Liverpool boss is set to follow in the footsteps of former adversary Jose Mourinho and test his skills in Serie A as European champions Internazionale seek his services.

Benitez spent six years on Merseyside where he guided a modest Liverpool side to the forefront of the European game once again as they captured their fifth European Cup in 2005 following a startling comeback in Istanbul against Italian giants AC Milan where they had trailed 3-0 at half time. He also lifted the European Super Cup, the FA Cup and the Community Shield with The Reds.

25 year old Mascherano was brought to Anfield on an initial loan from West Ham United in 2007 before his move was eventually made permanent a year later following the termination of his contract with Media Sports Investments. The Argentine who is gearing up for the World Cup with his national team fully believes his former mentor would be the perfect successor the ‘special one’ at the San Siro.

“Only Benitez could take the place of a coach like Mourinho. He is a great coach. He has charisma, personality, a winning mentality.” he said.

“Moreover, he will find himself brilliantly in Italy because of the tactical game. Rafa studies everything on the table and directs the team from the bench like a orchestra conductor.”

“Inter have made a good choice. After Mourinho, he is the only man capable of continuing Inter’s winning run.”

Mascheranos future at Liverpool has also been questioned due to contract negotiations breaking down between the two parties. The tough tackling midfielder also didn’t rule out the possibility of continuing his affiliation with Benitez in Italy.

“Would I follow Benitez? I don’t know. At the moment I really know little about my future.” He stated.

“But of course with Benitez at Liverpool I experienced three incredible years. His football is my football.”

Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun have also been linked with moves away from Liverpool due to the clubs demise last season.

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