Xabi Alonso believes Joshua Kimmich can end up being a solid defender just like Mascherano.
Mascherano went from playing as a central midfielder, to being utilised in the centre back at Camp Nou.
And Kimmich has had to adapt to the role of defender, following injuries to Martinez, Badstuber and Boateng.
“I think Kimmich is a bit like Mascherano. They are similar type of players,” the Spaniard said.
“He has been doing a great job in defence so far.
“Kimmich and David Alaba have been doing quite well at the back. They are doing very well and I think they should continue there for now.
“Could I play in defence as well? I have only been training in midfield.”