At the time of alleged City incident, Roy Hodgson admitted that he couldn't defend Mascherano's actions, and labelled him 'selfish':
"It's not easy to defend his actions because professionals are paid to play and when called upon to do so, they should. It's a selfish situation where they [players] want to do something and then expect the club to bow down and accept they are going to get their way"
Since arriving at the Nou Camp, Mascherano has been transformed into a very effective central defender, and after another excellent performance against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, Guardiola was full of praise for the player. He said:
“Javier is an almost unimaginable signing. He’s the type of player that a manager wouldn’t trade for anything, and would never sell. He’s a unique signing, we’re very pleased to have him."
I may be in the minority here but I was never a fan of Mascherano. At the time of his signing, I argued that it was a waste of money, and that Benitez should've used the money to sign an attacking midfielder.
I stand by that view; objectively, I agree that Mascherano was an excellent defensive midfielder, but Liverpool didn't need him, and his signing just made the club more defensive than it needed to be.
At one point, I even showed how Liverpool became more defensive with Mascherano in the team, and highlighted how this negatively impacted on results.
Additionally, Mascherano was just like Pepe Reina in many respects, i.e. constantly moaning in the press about wanting to leave, which is never good to see.
Javier Mascherano? Guardiola can keep him.