Xabi hails "great qualities" of Liverpool pal Mascherano

Xabi Alonso says he's enjoying his midfield partnership with Liverpool teammate Javier Mascherano.

The midfielder told liverpoolfc.tv: "I enjoy working with him and the partnership is working really well at the moment.

"Javier has got great qualities - he holds his position really well, he is physically very strong when he comes up against another player and he plays well for the team.

"We are managing the situation quite well and we are enjoying playing together."

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