File photo dated 01-10-2008 of Xabi Alonso, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Issue date: Monday July 13, 2009. Rafael Benitez is still battling to keep Javier Mascherano at Liverpool in the wake of Xabi Alonso making his position with the club virtually untenable. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.