Mascherano plans Reds stay
Javier Mascherano has pledged his future to Liverpool despite being linked with a move away from Anfield.
By Peter O'Rourke
Last Updated: 11/05/09 2:36pm
Javier Mascherano has pledged his future to Liverpool after being linked with a move away from Anfield.
The Argentine ace's future has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks after Mascherano refused to play down talk of a summer switch.
Reds boss Rafa Benitez ruled out letting the former West Ham midfielder leave and Mascherano insists he is happy to stay at Liverpool and help the club challenge for honours
"My future is here," Mascherano told the club's official website. "I am here and I will continue to give 100 per cent. It will always be like this. I think we have taken a big step this season, a really big step.
"In the past three or four seasons Liverpool have lost the league maybe in December or January but this time we are there right at the very end of the season and we still have a chance. This is very important.
"Our job now is to continue to work hard and to improve because we have shown that we can win against the biggest teams."
Mascherano is also refusing to give up on Liverpool's slim title hopes with the Merseysiders needing arch-rivals Manchester United to slip up if they are to snatch the championship.
United are three points clear and need only four more points to retain the title, but Mascherano is not conceding defeat until it is mathematically impossible.
"We know that we still have a chance so we will be supporting the teams who play against United, but the main thing is that we are doing our own job," he added.
"This has been a fantastic season for Liverpool and we are on target to get more points than we have ever had in the Premier League."