Fernando Torres is the man capable of firing Liverpool to a “special” season, according to Javier Mascherano.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.tv after the 1-1 draw with Wisla Krakow, the Argentina international expressed his belief that Liverpool now have the winning mentality that will end their run of two years without a trophy.
"We are working hard in pre-season which is an important time," Mascherano told Liverpoolfc.tv.
"We all want success at this club and we all feel we can do better than last season. We have some great players and we all have a winning mentality."
"If you look at Fernando you can see he is a special player. He is a key player for us like Steven Gerrard and if you want to win things it's important for us to have players like them. We hope this year will be good for us and them."
"For me, I always try to give my best for the team and hopefully this can be a special season for us."
The tenacious midfielder played a small part in the 1-1 draw with the Polish champions, coming on as a second-half substitute.
Fellow Argentine, Emiliano Insua, also featured for Liverpool in this match and is so far enjoying a productive pre-season.
Insua enjoyed a very impressive season with the reserves last year, playing a big part in their success. He impressed Rafa Benitez so much that he even managed to force his way into the first team for the last few games of the season.
There are high expectations for the 19 year old left back and, despite the £7 million signing of Andrea Dossena from Udinese, looks set for a bright future at Anfield. Add Fabio Aurelio to the mix and Insua faces stiff competition for a place in Rafa’s team.
Despite all this Mascherano is confident that his young compatriot has all the attributes required to be a success.
"He is a very good young player and he is doing well," he said. "He is working hard and wants to show people what he can do.
"When he has played for the first team he has always done well."
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