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Rafa Benitez to personally contact his once key Liverpool man over a move

Rafa Benitez wants to bring his former Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano from Barcelona to join him at Napoli.

Rafa Benitez' managerial reputation may well be defined by how he gets on at Napoli.

After a roaring success at Valencia, his Liverpool reign started superbly with a Champions League win but a failure to win the Premier League clearly grated at him.

When he moved onto Inter Milan he only lasted a matter of months before being sacked, and spent over two seasons out of the game before getting his chance as 'interim' boss at Chelsea.

Now at Napoli he has a chance, back in the Champions League, to be a big success in Italy where he failed previously.

And word from the country is that he is taking no chances, for he is looking towards a player who was so integral to his Liverpool side which won many plaudits and almost the 2008/09 title.

That would be Javier Mascherano, who the Italian media are this evening reporting that Benitez plans to contact personally regarding a transfer.

The Argentine international left Liverpool weeks after Benitez departed the club in 2010, signing with Barcelona.

In Spain he has moulded from a central holding midfielder, also playing as a central defender, where he played in the Champions League 2011 Final.

His versatility makes him even more of an attractive asset to Benitez at Napoli, but the former Liverpool boss may just be able to persuade him to join him by pledging to give him a return to a regular midfield role.

Mascherano would take some convincing to leave Barcelona, but if anybody can convince him it might just be Benitez.

If he did join his former boss, it would re-affirm just how special regard the manager holds him in, and say everything about how highly he rated him during his time at Liverpool.

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