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Rafa Benitez has challenged Javier Mascherano to build on his derby day glory and become a regular goalscorer for Liverpool.

 

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Rafa's Masch goal challenge - Liverpool FC

 

The Argentina skipper's deflected effort against Everton a week ago is set to go before the dubious goals panel but Benitez is giving his man full credit.

 

And he wants Mascherano and others to keep trying their luck from outside the box.

 

The boss told Liverpoolfc.tv: "Since the first day when we signed Javier we've talked about goals because he's not bad at shooting from outside the box.

 

"He can do well on this, so he has to keep trying. If he does, he'll score more goals.

 

"He tries in training. He doesn't score too many when you compare it to Gerrard but still it's a good and a different option for us.

 

"For everyone, if you're at the edge of the box you have to try. It doesn't matter what position you play - if you're a centre-back or left-back or midfielder, you must try.

 

"The main thing is to try. You might get a deflection. For me, Mascherano's goal was a deflection, not an own goal."

 

Meanwhile, Benitez confirmed Mascherano will not travel with Argentina for their unofficial friendly with Catalunya later this month.

The gaffer believes his No.20 is approaching top form and is reluctant to let him go during the crucial festive period.

 

Benitez said: "It's a friendly game that comes during Christmas time, and we have a game on the 26th and 28th. It's too much for us, so the best thing for us is if he doesn't go and doesn't play.

 

"He is coming back to the level we know. He had some problems at the beginning of the season but he's now playing really well.

 

"We're really pleased because we have the Mascherano we signed."

 

A sign of him staying at Liverpool beyond January?

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Said it before, he should stop fucking shooting. Does he think he's Gerrard? Mascherano having a long range effort on goal is a total waste of the ball. And for Rafa to encourage this is disturbing.

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Rafa Benitez has challenged Javier Mascherano to build on his derby day glory and become a regular goalscorer for Liverpool.

 

art_javier_mascherano_1.jpg

 

Rafa's Masch goal challenge - Liverpool FC

 

The Argentina skipper's deflected effort against Everton a week ago is set to go before the dubious goals panel but Benitez is giving his man full credit.

 

And he wants Mascherano and others to keep trying their luck from outside the box.

 

The boss told Liverpoolfc.tv: "Since the first day when we signed Javier we've talked about goals because he's not bad at shooting from outside the box.

 

"He can do well on this, so he has to keep trying. If he does, he'll score more goals.

 

"He tries in training. He doesn't score too many when you compare it to Gerrard but still it's a good and a different option for us.

 

"For everyone, if you're at the edge of the box you have to try. It doesn't matter what position you play - if you're a centre-back or left-back or midfielder, you must try.

 

"The main thing is to try. You might get a deflection. For me, Mascherano's goal was a deflection, not an own goal."

 

Meanwhile, Benitez confirmed Mascherano will not travel with Argentina for their unofficial friendly with Catalunya later this month.

The gaffer believes his No.20 is approaching top form and is reluctant to let him go during the crucial festive period.

 

Benitez said: "It's a friendly game that comes during Christmas time, and we have a game on the 26th and 28th. It's too much for us, so the best thing for us is if he doesn't go and doesn't play.

 

"He is coming back to the level we know. He had some problems at the beginning of the season but he's now playing really well.

 

"We're really pleased because we have the Mascherano we signed."

 

A sign of him staying at Liverpool beyond January

 

Or a precaution in case he gets injured in a meaningless game just before we sell him?

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He may as well tell Carra to start shooting too for all that it's worth.

 

Tells you how bad his shooting is if it needed the leg of a defender to help it on its way...

 

I have a thought, how about letting a 20mil attacking player have a go instead?

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"For everyone, if you're at the edge of the box you have to try. It doesn't matter what position you play - if you're a centre-back or left-back or midfielder, you must try.

 

What next? Asking Insua and Skrtel to shoot more often? After all, they scored a goal each recently!

 

He's already at it.

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Mascherano has a seriously powerful shot on him. I´ve always felt the goalkeepers pull off world class saves when he pulls the trigger, he deserved his goal in the derby big time.

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So Mascherano has got to start scoring more but Lucas's contribution is okay?

 

Exactly. Lucas often gets more chances over the 90 mins, but even he seems to try to aim for the floodlights.

 

It's obvious Rafa's saying it as a confidence booster for Masch but we've seen his shooting and unless you're blind, it's just not good enough.

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Even when Mascherano hit his shots well they are just straight and easy to save. He's been shooting a lot this season and the only goal he's got was off a lucky deflection.

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Even when Mascherano hit his shots well they are just straight and easy to save. He's been shooting a lot this season and the only goal he's got was off a lucky deflection.

 

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