Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina has described the loss of midfielder Javier Mascherano to Barcelona this summer as a “big problem” for the club.
Mascherano completed a £17 million move to Camp Nou just before the transfer window shut at the end of August, and Reina believes that Mascherano’s exit represents a real blow for Liverpool as they aim to reclaim their place in the Champions League.
“The departure of Mascherano is a big problem for Liverpool because he is one of the best players of his type on the pitch,” Reina said in The Mirror.
“Javier is very competitive, very Argentinian and he always offers his maximum in every game. For Barca this is a good new thing, but it’s not for us.
“Mascherano will be a positive surprise in La Liga. He is a footballer who works, works and works. Also, personally, he is a good character. He is quiet but very friendly.
“He was not someone who got into controversy. He never caused rows in the dressing room. He was good on the pitch, broke up counter attacks and now we need other players with his characteristics.”