The 29-year-old Argentine international played for the Reds for three years and helped to a second place finish during the 2007/08 Premier League season.
That was the last time Liverpool made the top four, and not long after it was all change for the Merseyside club as a host of players and staff from that era left the club – including Mascherano, Xabi Alonso, Alvaro Arbeloa, Fernando Torres and ex-boss Rafa Benitez.
Liverpool struggled for a while, falling way short of the required expectations. However, Brendan Rodgers’ arrival and the form of Luis Suarez has lifted the club back into contention – and not only for a top four spot.
Whilst Liverpool’s primary aim is to return Champions League football to Anfield by means of a top four spot, Javier Mascherano believes they can aim higher, saying:
“The target for them is top four but why not Liverpool for the title? Why not Liverpool being crowned champions?”
The Argentine’s reasoning is as a result of Uruguayan international striker Luis Suarez. The 27-year-old has been explosive this season, netting 23 goals in just 21 Premier League starts.
His goals have ranged from simple tap-ins to the down-right outrageous following his sublime 40-yard half-volley against Norwich City at Anfield earlier in the season.
Can Luis Suarez drive Liverpool to the Premier League title this season? Mascherano believes so, adding that the Uruguayan has no flaws in his game and on his day can be unstoppable – even for himself:
“He’s unbelievable and at times unstoppable. He’s a really great player for Liverpool and his country.”
“I don’t know how you stop him. I have had some chances to play against him when Argentina have faced Uruguay and he’s really difficult to stop.”
“He is perfect for Liverpool and the right player for them because it’s not enough just to have top quality. He also has the right character and that is playing an important part in what Liverpool are achieving.”
“He’s one of the five greatest strikers in the world. He really is that good – and I think he can help Liverpool to win the title.”
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