Mascherano yet to hear from Liverpool about permanent signing

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano admits he's yet to hear whether the club will sign him permanently.

Ahead of tomorrow's clash with Manchester United - and good friend Carlos Tevez - Mascherano said: "Carlos and I have played against each other before when I was at River Plate and he was at Boca, but never in England.

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"We are good friends and I will try not to kick him, but I know all about the rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester.

"Now that Carlos has moved up this way and is a lot closer, we speak very often. But we have not discussed this game and I don't think we will. For 90 minutes we will be opponents then we can be friends again. I know Carlos will be trying just as hard to be the one who comes out on top, so let's see what happens. It should be interesting.

"I got a big kick on the shin against Marseille but this is one game I don't want to miss and I feel sure I will be all right. Everyone wants to be involved in it and I desperately want to try and make sure we don't lose. I have done everything I can to stay at Liverpool.

"Now they must decide whether to buy me. It is their decision, not mine, because I have done all I can to convince them I'm worth keeping."

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