Mascherano: Decision on August 5th

August 5th will no longer be just an ordinary day. This is the day Javier Mascherano will return to Liverpool for the first time since his vacation after the World Cup. Only at that time will new Liverpool boss, Roy Hodgson, get a chance to sit down and talk with the Argentine, who has been ignoring Hodgson’s calls while on vacation. Who knows if the new boss can convince the midfielder to stay on board with Steven Gerrard? Inter are obviously in the running for Mascherano should he decide to leave Anfield, as the Nerazzurri see the Liverpool man as the perfect partner for Esteban Cambiasso in the midfield. However, should Hodgson convince El Jefecito to stay in Liverpool, Marco Branca will turn to Plan B. Bastian Schweinsteiger is a name that has attracted many eyes at the San Siro, including those of Nerazzurri president Massimo Moratti. Of course the two players are very different, and the German would be used more as an alternative to Dejan Stankovic, the 32-year-old is beginning to need a replacement. For now, we must wait and see and should not be surprised to see deals ending right before the deadline in August.