Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has declared that he expects he will know by Sunday whether Javier Mascherano will be a Barcelona player or not.
Mascherano, 26, has tried to engineer a move away from Anfield all summer for personal reasons and attempted to force through his wish by refusing to play after the Catalans had a bid rejected. The Argentina skipper missed Monday's 3-0 defeat to Manchester City and didn't travel to face Trabzonspor in the Europa League play-off second leg match set to take place on Thursday.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Hodgson insisted the transfer "will be sorted out one way or another" by the time his side face West Bromwich Albion.
"I wouldn't want to say he has played his last game for Liverpool," Hodgson told reporters.
"The negotiations are ongoing between the two clubs and if he had played here [against Trabzonspor] it might have prejudiced the transfer and I didn't wish to do that to the player.
"I am seriously hoping that in the next couple of days it will be sorted out one way or another - although I have no idea which way that will be.
"Tomorrow night was out of the question but Sunday is very much a question because I think by then I should know one way or another whether he is going to play for Liverpool this season or Barcelona."
As exclusively revealed by Goal.com UK on Monday, Liverpool are likely to demand a fee in the region of £24.5 million for the Argentine.