Jamie Redknapp baffled by Javier Mascherano's position as defender at Barcelona

Javier Mascherano of Argentina reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between Argentina and Belgium at Estadio Nacional on July 5, 2014
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Jamie Redknapp questions Barcelona's decision to play Javier Mascherano as a defender following his impressive performances for Argentina in midfield at the World Cup.

Jamie Redknapp has expressed his belief that Barcelona need to play Javier Mascherano as a midfielder next season following his World Cup performances in Brazil.

The 30-year-old is played in a more defensive role at Camp Nou, but received plenty of plaudits for his campaign in the middle of the park for Argentina.

Redknapp wrote in the Daily Mail: "Javier Mascherano has proven at this World Cup that he is a midfielder and not a defender. Why on earth do Barcelona play him as a centre back?

"He is not tall enough for the position and it does not suit him, but when Mascherano is in midfield he is a different animal."

The former Liverpool player came close to clinching a World Cup winners' medal, but Argentina missed out in the final following a 1-0 defeat to Germany at the Maracana last night.

Germany's forward Miroslav Klose (2R) is fouled by Argentina's midfielder Javier Mascherano, resulting in a yellow card, during the second half of the 2014 FIFA World Cup final  on July 13, 2014
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