|Rafa Benitez is hopeful a deal to keep Javier Mascherano at the club can be concluded in the coming days.|
| The Argentine is currently on an 18-month deal at Anfield, though both he and Benitez have repeatedly expressed the desire to make the move permanent. |
Benitez said: "It is progressing. Rick Parry has been working on this and Momo Sissoko.
"We are working hard on Mascherano and maybe we can say something positive in a few days.
"Really, we don't need to do anything because the player is already with us, it's just got to be finished. If we can finish it now, that would be perfect.
"He is here already and if we don't do anything he can still play for us. But he wants to stay."
The transfer of Sissoko to Juventus was completed this afternoon, and Benitez added: "I think it's a good move for Momo and for us. He is a very good professional and a nice boy. He wanted to play and it's difficult here with Lucas and Mascherano playing well now, and Xabi Alonso and Gerrard.
"Everything has been positive. We have four players in this position so it's good for him and good for us."
Meanwhile, Alvaro Arbeloa, Daniel Agger and Andriy Voronin remain Liverpool's only injury concerns ahead of Wednesday's trip to Upton Park.
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And Phailanx, I too disagree.
I just don't want to be alone
I actually support liverpool, but they're a bit rubbish at the moment
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