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Benitez pleased to see midfielder back by lfctalk
August 30, 2008, 18:19
Filed under: News | Tags: ,

Rafael Benitez has hailed the return of Olympic gold medal winner Javier Mascherano after his return to the squad after his exploits in Beijing.

“Our supporters know he is a fantastic player. He gives us the balance you need when we are attacking and he always does a good job,” said the Kop boss.

“It’s really important to have him back and also Lucas Leiva and Ryan Babel. We have three players and maybe they will need a little bit of time to get sharp, but they have confidence and more experience. Mascherano was a key player for us last season and he can be the same this year.”

The return of the Argentinian is crucial after Steven Gerrard’s surgery on Thursday and it is expected that he will go straight into the midfield battle against Aston Villa.

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