Javier Mascherano reportedly wants a return to the Premier League and Liverpool has emerged as a potential destination for the Barcelona star.
However, there are plenty of good reasons why Brendan Rodgers shouldn’t be bothered about re-signing the Argentinian and why he won’t be making a move back to Anfield.
The first reason relates to the way Rodgers has addressed the holding midfield role in the squad so far this season.
Lucas, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson have all played in the deep lying role, in front of the back four and they have all done a solid job.
The theory with Gerrard in particular is that pushing him deeper into the midfield places less strain on him to do the leg work, which will ultimately help him to prolong his Liverpool career.
Henderson and Lucas have both proven to be extremely versatile midfielders for the side this season, playing well as defensively minded players.
Mascherano would be brought back to Liverpool as a holding midfielder and as the old saying goes, if it’s not broken then don’t fix it.
Rodgers may want to take some of the pressure and strain off of the midfielders he’s asking to play roles slightly less suited to their natural attributes.
Therefore he may well bring in a holding midfielder for next season, but someone much younger than the 29-year-old Barca star.
Rodgers seems to have made it clear that the way he’s going to build his teams at Anfield is through using younger players alongside a few key and experienced stars in important positions.
He may not even have to go and buy someone with Conor Coady progressing superbly during his loan spell with Sheffield United to become a 21-year-old he could get some first team game time next season.
The increased number of games will allow Rodgers to take a look at Coady in the same way that he first introduced the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jon Flanagan into the first team.
Should Coady thrive and play well in front of the back four when he’s given a chance, the decision not to go and buy Mascherano or another holding midfielder has been justified.