Mascherano hoping to impress
By Al Campbell
Updated Monday, 5th February 2007
Javier Mascherano is hoping to show why Rafael Benitez was right to sign him.Liverpool signed the Argentinian from West Ham during the transfer window, despite Mascherano failing to get into the Hammers' team after October. Mascherano is hoping to impress at Anfield as soon as possible.
"I wish to repay Liverpool's efforts to sign me on the field. I want to gain the respect of the Liverpool players in training and win a place in the team on merit," said the midfielder.
"Now, a new door is open and, as always, I will get my head down and fight for a place in the team. If I don't play, I am not happy."
"I wanted to prove to myself that I can play in England. I've not been on the pitch enough yet to know if I can.
"Now, there is a chance to play in a top team and fight for a place in the team with great players like Steven Gerrard or Xabi Alonso. It's a fantastic challenge."