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Egypt face Angola in the third African Nations Cup quarter-final today at 17:00. Click here for all the best match prices.

Javier Mascherano is confident of signing a permanent deal with Liverpool by the end of the week.

The midfielder is contracted to Liverpool until the end of the season after joining the Reds on an 18-month loan in the 2007 January transfer window.

But Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is determined to sign the Argentine on a permanent basis.

And Mascherano is hopeful a deal will be agreed with Media Sports Investments, who own the rights to the player.

“It’s not finished yet but I am hoping to stay here,” Mascherano told Liverpool’s official website .

“I have a lot of confidence that after the next week I will be able to say; ‘Everything is right and I am staying here in Liverpool.’

“We now need to wait. We are very close but we need to talk again next week.

“I think everything will be okay. I’ve waited a long time, so I can wait one week more.

“The fans like me and I love the fans. They are great and that’s the reason I want to stay here.”

Egypt face Angola in the third African Nations Cup quarter-final today at 17:00. Click here for all the best match prices.

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