Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi expects his team-mate Javier Mascherano to make a return to Liverpool.
The Argentine international is out of contract at the Camp Nou at the end of the season and is likely to be swamped with offers of transfers over the coming months.
Diario Gol are claiming that Messi believes his compatriot, and friend, will make a return to Anfield to become part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad for the 2018/19 season.
Mascherano is remaining coy over where he will head, with many reports claiming that a switch to the US to play for a Major League Soccer club is the most likely outcome.
“The focus is to be happy and the decision I make will depend on how things are going.” he told TyC Sports.
“In Barcelona, it is obvious I am not playing at the frequency I played before.
“I’m still playing, I’m still competing, I’m in a team where every game I play is because I earn it in training, but it’s clear there are many times you want to play more.
“I’m not saying that I have to play more, because the starters are two players of the highest level and there is not much more to do there.” he finished.
Many Liverpool supporters believe that Klopp needs to add a defensive midfielder to his ranks and that is exactly the position the thirty-three year old played for the team until he left in the Summer of 2010.
Paris Saint Germain and Juventus are also said to be keen on snapping him up, but an emotional return to Liverpool could tip the balance.