"Yes, he wants to leave the club," confirmed Hodgson when asked about Mascherano.
"He has made that perfectly clear. I think he wanted to leave a year ago.
"He wants to leave now but he is contracted to Liverpool so whether he leaves or not will be our decision.
"The mere fact that the player is a little bit unhappy with his situation and would prefer to leave does not necessarily mean that he will do.
"It disappoints me but it is not unusual. I think in every club throughout the world there are players playing in the team who would prefer to leave.
"Some are allowed to, some are not allowed to. Mascherano is a Liverpool player with a two-year contract.
"I expect him to honour that contract until the day comes when the club decides to accept an offer for his services."