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Mascherano: River Plate over Liverpool?

Despite rumours about Javier Mascherano joining Liverpool, the Argentine says he would choose River Plate over the Premier League side

The 33-year-old is considering his options at Barcelona and has admitted that he would welcome the opportunity to return to his former club. River Plate’s academy produced Javier Mascherano and he might as well move back for the last few years of his career.

Despite his still valid contract, the defender has slipped behind Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti in Ernesto Valverde’s priorities when it comes to picking the starting defense and that caused Mascherano’s uncertainty about his future.

The Argentine has admitted that he may be on the move in 2018, but couldn’t give an exact answer as to where he would go.

“My problem is this is not guaranteed, and I could be a prisoner of my own words, if the move does not happen I may be accused of lying.”

“But the truth is that this is what I have thought about, but I have a good relationship with the club’s president Rodolfo D’Onofrio and we speak regularly,” Mascherano added about a possible transfer move to River Plate.

“My future has nothing to do with money, I used to make my own decisions but now they’re done by my family, I cannot forget my kids and their situation,” he explained.

“What will I be doing in January or summer? I have no idea,” the defender admitted.

Since Mascherano left his beloved team in Argentina, he has played at Corinthians, West Ham, Liverpool and Barcelona and is approaching an astonishing 600 appearances at club level.

Despite his wishes to return to River Plate, speculations have been around Mascherano getting an invitation back to Anfield, as Jurgen Klopp is looking to add experience to the defense of the Reds. Either way, him leaving Barcelona seems more than possible at this point.