Ex-Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has explained how Javier Mascherano was key to the new role given to club skipper Steven Gerrard at the start of the 2007/08 season. The Spanish tactician talked abouthis time as the Liverpool manager in an interview with Coaches’ Voice recently.
Ex-Newcastle United and Everton boss Benitez had been at Liverpool for a few years and Steven Gerrardwas employed in his usual central midfield role under the Spaniard till the summer of 2007 when the Reds signed some midfielders. The likes of Javier Mascherano and Lucas Leiva were signed by Liverpool to increase the midfield options at the disposal of Benitez. Argentine player Mascherano joined Liverpool from fellow Premier League team West Ham United to bolster their midfield, while Brazilian star Lucas signed for the Reds from Gremio in his native Brazil.