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Liverpool suffer huge setback as linked-defender reveals desired destination – report

Liverpool supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to eight matches with a commanding 5-1 win at Brighton on Saturday, a result which propelled them into the Premier League’s top four.

Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their clash with the Seagulls off the back of breezing past Stoke City 3-0 in midweek, and they produced another attacking masterclass to dismantle Chris Hughton’s side on the South Coast. First half goals from Emre Can and Roberto Firmino set them on their way, and further strikes after the break from Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, as well as an own goal from Lewis Dunk, secured a routine success for the Merseyside giants, who moved up to fourth in the table following Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester United.

Consequently, there have been many buoyant Reds fans in the Tavern this week, although they are unlikely to be overly thrilled by a recent report from Mundo Deportivo, which outlines some intriguing and perhaps frustrating information regarding the future of Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano.

The 33-year-old spent three years at Anfield between 2007 and 2010 before making the move to the Nou Camp, where he has since gone on to become one of Europe’s best centre-backs with 331 appearances for the club, in which time he has won five La Liga titles and three Champions League crowns.

However, his future has been plunged into doubt recently given his lack of playing time as well as the expiration of his contract in 2019, and Liverpool were one club linked with a move for the Argentina international in 2018.

Yet recent reports suggest that the defender is interested in a move to the Chinese Super League as opposed to remaining in Europe, which is news that may come as a setback to Klopp and Liverpool, who may well have seen the ex-Red as a possible answer to their evident defensive woes.

Landlord’s verdict: Javier Mascherano left Liverpool back in 2010 as a hugely adept defensive midfielder, yet he has since at Barcelona become one of the continent’s best centre-backs.

The 33-year-old has helped the Spanish giants win five La Liga titles and three Champions League crowns in his seven-year stint at the Nou Camp, yet all the signs are pointing to this being his last given his lack of regular football, alongside a contract which is due to expire in 2019.

And Liverpool have been one side reportedly linked with the Argentine, yet reports suggest that Mascherano desires the Chinese Super League as his next destination, as opposed to staying in Europe.

And with Jurgen Klopp’s side continuing to struggle defensively, this news has come as a setback to our resident Liverpudlians, who now hope their side turn their attentions to other talented defenders in January.

Liverpool fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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