Barcelona midfielder Mascherano: I left Liverpool because of owners
Mascherano, 26, insists it is also why the Kop failed to qualify for this season's Champions League.
"The situation is clear to me. When you want to fight for big things, titles, you must have a big team to win.
"But, at Liverpool, that wasn't the case.
"That was the main reason we didn't qualify for the Champions League and all players want to test themselves at that level."