Mascherano hasn’t returned from Argentina

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez revealed last night that midfielder Javier Mascherano is yet to return to Merseyside following his international duty for Argentina last week.

Mascherano missed Saturday’s Premier League victory over Burnley at Anfield after picking up a pelvic injury whilst in action for his country.

There are now doubts regarding his availability for Wednesday’s Champions League tie at home to Hungarian side Debreceni.

Benitez told reporters, “He has still not returned. He picked up an injury and it was decided that he needed to have tests.

“Our doctor was in contact with the Argentina medical team and it was decided it was best that he stay there for the tests, and he will be back in England next week before the Champions League game.

“The problem was a minor one, but we needed to have the checks made straight away.”