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Date of birth: June 8, 1984 Place of birth: San Lorenzo Nationality: Argentinian Position: Midfielder Years at the club: 2007-10 Signed from: West Ham Left for: Barcelona Position in 2006 poll: None
Rafael Benitez spotted a diamond in the rough when he plucked tough-tackling and ferocious midfielder Javier Mascherano from a testing period with West Ham United and brought him to Liverpool.
Mascherano was an established Argentina international when he completed a surprise move to the Hammers, alongside compatriot Carlos Tevez, in the summer of 2006; but he found the switch difficult and rarely featured at Upton Park.
Anfield provided light at the end of the tunnel and Benitez swooped to land Javier on loan at the outset of 2007. The defensive holder cemented a first-team berth instantly despite competition from Alonso, Gerrard et al.
The Kop adored their new enforcer for his obvious passion out on the pitch - the Argentinian would drive his teammates forward with hard pressing and seemingly come out victorious in every crunching tackle.
Mascherano made his Liverpool debut against Sheffield United in February 2007 and was crucial in helping the club reach the Champions League final. The midfielder was arguably the Reds' best performer in defeat by AC Milan.
He clocked up 41 appearances in his first full campaign at Anfield, signing a permanent deal midway through the season, and developed a strong partnership with Xabi Alonso to allow Steven Gerrard licence to roam further forward.
Always a player to thrive on battles, the former River Plate and Corinthians man was a key component of Liverpool's ultimately futile quest for the Barclays Premier League title in 2008-09.
The following season saw the high-flying Reds slip below their previously tall standards, although Mascherano was almost an ever-present and featured on 48 occasions in all competitions.
Speculation linked Javier with a transfer to Spanish heavyweights Barcelona throughout the summer of 2010 and, after a final game for the club at home to Arsenal in August that year, a move to the Nou Camp was finalised.
Appearances: 139 Goals: 2 Honours with LFC: None Did you know? Javier's nickname in his home country is 'the little chief' Where is he now? Barcelona