Hodgson waits on Masch

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Mascherano: Off the radar

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Roy Hodgson admits he does not know if Javier Mascherano will be a Liverpool player at the start of the season.

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According to the player's agent Inter Milan have expressed an interest in signing the Argentina international, who appears to have fallen off the radar.

Hodgson says he has tried contacting Mascherano regarding his future but is yet to hear from the in-demand midfielder.

"I have tried to contact Javier," said the Liverpool boss. "I have left him voice messages and sent him texts but had no reply.

"To be fair to him, that is not unusual because he's had a tough World Cup and I believe he's gone back to Argentina.

"It's not always easy to get in touch with people," he added. "I have tried to reach him to make clear I am happy to talk with him at his convenience."