Reds confirm Mascherano ban
Liverpool have confirmed Javier Mascherano will serve a four-match
ban after his sending off at Fratton Park during the Reds’ 2-0
The Argentina captain was shown a straight red card by
referee Lee Mason and now faces his second suspension of the
Mascherano will miss the forthcoming fixtures against Wolves,
Aston Villa, the FA Cup third round tie at Reading and the league
clash with Tottenham on January 10.
However, his participation in at least some of those games
would have been in doubt anyway as he had to be helped off the
field having been shown the red card and is believed to have
sustained medial knee ligament damage.
The absence of the Argentinian, who was just starting to
rediscover his form, will be a huge blow to Benitez.
It leaves the Liverpool boss having to decide whether to drop
Steven Gerrard back from his attacking role just behind Fernando
Torres or play £20million summer signing Alberto Aquilani, who
he has been holding back because of ongoing concerns about his