Mascherano: Growing up I never considered Liverpool

Javier Mascherano wants to lift the profile of Liverpool in Argentina.

The midfielder told the Daily Mail: "I felt from the first moment when I arrived: 'This is my house'. When I was a boy, I never imagined it would be possible. In Argentina, we look to Europe, but we think of Real Madrid, Barcelona or Milan. Never Liverpool.

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"We have heard of the city, of course, because we know The Beatles. They were my father's favourite rock band.

"When I came here, I wanted to understand the Liverpool life. I have been reading, watching films. This club and the city has a lot of history, many great players from the past and so many achievements. It is one of the biggest clubs in the world. From the decades in the 70s and 80s, they won many things.

"I know that playing here now I can win titles, too. We have a squad to do that.

"We have players who've won the Champions League, UEFA Cup, FA Cup, Carling Cup. The only one missing is the Premier League. The supporters want this title.

"This season, the target is the top four but we need to think about next season and prepare everything so we don't make the same mistakes. We have drawn too many games at home.

"I watched Liverpool win the Champions League on television and now I am playing with Steven Gerrard. He is better than I imagined - his finishing, his shooting. He is the complete midfielder, the perfect midfielder. Technique, pace, power and he is very clever."

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