Mascherano linked with Anfield departure

The 25-year-old fell off the grid following his country's World Cup quarter-final thrashing by Germany in South Africa, leaving Hodgson frustrated in his attempts to contact the combative defensive midfielder as he holidayed with his family in Miami.

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Gary Parkinson is a freelance writer, editor, trainer, muso, singer, actor and coach. He spent 14 years at FourFourTwo as the Global Digital Editor and continues to regularly contribute to the magazine and website, including major features on Euro 96, Subbuteo, Robert Maxwell and the inside story of Liverpool's 1990 title win. He is also a Bolton Wanderers fan.