Javier Mascherano’s failure to respond to any messages from Roy Hodgson tells us all where the Argentinean’s head is right now and it is clear it is not at Anfield. Few would have been surprised by his actions given some of his outbursts in the past months, but why I personally would be sad to see him leave given his abilities as a footballer; ultimately it would be the right move to cash in.
Roy Hodgson as you would expect has been extremely professional in his response to the repeated snub to his calls and messages. Unfortunately the majority of modern day footballers fail to carry themselves with the same level of decorum and professionalism that Hodgson does and Roy will have no doubt that he will have to be on the lookout for a new holding midfielder.
I am a big believer that if a player isn’t happy at the football club, no matter who it is, then it is vital that you ship them out as soon as possible so their negativity doesn’t wear off on others. I genuinely believe that it was simply the disgruntlement of some players towards Rafa that caused our problems last season and our subsequent failure to secure a Champions League spot. Unhappy players act as a real cancer within any football squad and therefore it is incredibly important that they are removed as soon as possible. If Mascherano doesn’t want to play for a club of Liverpool’s FC standing then fair enough, there are plenty of others out there who will. Good player though he maybe, but if his heart isn’t in it then what’s the point.
Would you be sad to see the back of Mascherano and more importantly who should Hodgson look to bring in to replace him?