The World Cup was a great example of this, as both squad and eventual team selection were confirmed on Twitter much before any press conferences had begun. Now one website seems to have gone further.
Despite his public show of authority, he will be desperate to have a team fully committed towards rebuilding the long-term objectives of the club and Mascherano clearly doesn’t share that desire. Hodgson’s defiance is probably more of an attempt to maintain Mascherano’s market value than a sincere wish to make him stay against his will.
Additional transfer funds from this sort of deal would be extremely valuable to Hodgson as he rebuilds the squad. Not that Muntari is the perfect replacement but with Liverpool’s budget in mind and without the attraction of Champions League football, there are few options available. West Ham’s Parker has been touted as a replacement but he is nearly 30 years old now and West Ham would likely want over 10million for the player.
Speculation is already rife of the comings and goings from Anfield over the next few weeks and it is certainly clear now that the most pressing and important issues for Liverpool are to fill the vacant left back position and to find a potential replacement for Mascherano.
Whatever happens I will certainly be closely following the Tweets and may even be tempted to test once again the Football Oracle of Wikipedia to keep me up-to-date on developments.
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