Benitez presses Liverpool to bring forward Mascherano deal

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez will demand in his meeting with George Gillett and Tom Hicks that they bring forward plans to sign permanently Javier Mascherano.

The Times says he will ask the board to release more funds to sign a central defender in the January transfer window and will recommend that they proceed with a £17 million deal for the permanent capture of Mascherano, even though the board would prefer to wait until June.

Benitez fears pressure from Barcelona and Inter Milan could see Mascherano slip through their fingers next month.

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