Masch: We need to beat everyone

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano says the Reds must make sure they beat all the top teams again next season, and turn draws against smaller clubs into victories too as they go in search of their first title since 1990.

The Reds beat both Manchester Utd and Chelsea home and away in the league last season, but slipped up several times home and away to weaker opposition.

Argentina skipper Mascherano says he is disappointed not to have finished the season as Premier Legaue Champions, but knows there’s plenty of reasons to be optimistic for the immediate future at Anfield.

“It has been a very good experience,” he told the club’s official magazine. “Of course, it would have been much better for us to win the title, but it is good for us to know what it takes to try and win the league.

“We have drawn a lot of games at home against some of the clubs outside the top four, and we know this is an area we must improve next season.

“You win the league when you beat all the teams, the bigger ones and the smaller ones.

“But this season we went to Stamford Bridge, the Bernabeu and Old Trafford and won. This is very positive for the future.

“This team is now showing we can win anywhere, but we need to get the balance right for next season.”