But Mascherano smiled: "I think the manager was joking.
"It would be nice to score more goals but I don't think there are many holding midfielders who score lots of goals. In this position you have to play deep and try to keep the balance of the team and that is the most important thing for me.
"I will try to score more goals but I know that I have to do my own job first."
But that has not stopped Mascherano cherishing his 20-yard cracker against Reading. He said "It was an incredible moment.
"I had not scored a goal since I was at River Plate, so to score one for Liverpool - and in front of the Kop as well - was really special. I cannot really describe the feeling but I know I celebrated like I had gone crazy. Some of the lads in the dressing room said I was like Inzaghi in the Champions League final!
"It just meant so much to me and it was important also for the team because we had just gone a goal behind."