Javier Mascherano has dismissed suggestions that speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona, has played a part in the player’s poor form.
The Argentine skipper conceded that he hasn’t been on top of his game this season, for whatever reason, however is insistent that it has had nothing to do with the Barca rumours.
Mascherano said: “Everyone knows Barcelona were interested in me but that’s in the past now. Liverpool said no and that’s the end of it. Some might say I haven’t been playing well because Barcelona tried to buy me.
“I agree I haven’t been at my best but it’s not because of that. I just haven’t started the season well.”