Coach Roy Hodgson expressed his frustration and annoyance with Javier Mascherano after Liverpool suffered their heaviest defeat to Manchester City for 73 years, losing 3-0 in a match in which the Argentinian is understood to have ruled himself out on the grounds he is chasing a move to Barcelona.
Mascherano was withdrawn after asking to see the Liverpool manager in the afternoon to reiterate that he wanted to move to Camp Nou.
Liverpool have rejected an offer of €15m (£12.2m), with ¤5m in appearance-related add-ons, and an unhappy Hodgson warned Masherano that he will be kept at Anfield against his will unless the Catalan club meets his asking price of £25m.
“Javier Mascherano is not in the right frame of mind at the moment to play the game because his head has been turned by the offer from Barcelona,” Hodgson said.
“The fee that the club thinks is the correct fee and one that has been offered are very far apart and unless that can be resolved he might be unhappy for a long time.