'I was at Liverpool, but my head wasn't' - Popular star Mascherano explains exit

Javier Mascherano

Javier Mascherano has been discussing his exit from Liverpool four years ago.

Javier Mascherano has been explaining the circumstance regarding his exit from Liverpool four years ago.

The Argentine felt compelled to leave when the man who signed him, Rafa Benitez, left the club in the summer of 2010, replaced by Roy Hodgson.

Mascherano made it back to pre-season, only to land a dream move to Barcelona, and says he was eyeing an exit even before the Spanish side showed an interest.

He told Spanish newspaper Sport: "It was a very long summer because it was in between and I remember Rafa started calling and, frankly, I was amused to work with him, so I started to negotiate with Liverpool and training, although my head was more outside than inside."

Barcelona then started moving to sign him, and Mascherano explained that he did not find it an easy time.

"I lived everything with much anxiety and nervousness. It was not easy because we had to fight hard, but always with the conviction that wanted to come."

Since joining he has not looked back, and has won domestic trophies as well as the Champions League in his debut season, beating Manchester United at Wembley.

He added: "To win meant to achieve a dream that I had been refused a few years before with Liverpool."

The Reds had lost in 2007 to AC Milan in the Champions League Final, with the midfielder joining after their 2005 triumph.

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