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Hodgson dodges Mascherano absence

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson deflected sharp questions about the absence of midfielder Javier Mascherano in Manchester City's 3-0 victory over the Reds on Monday.

A bid from Barcelona for the Argentine midfielder had been rejected by Liverpool, whereupon Mascherano opted not to play. Hodgson said he was staying out of the discussions about a possible transfer.

"Javier Mascherano is not in the right frame of mind to play the game because his head has obviously been turned by the offer from Barcelona," said Hodgson.

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