Former Liverpool winger Maxi Rodriguez reveals that he lied to Rafael Benitez about his language abilities in order to secure his 2010 move to Anfield.
Former Liverpool winger Maxi Rodriguez has actually confessed that he lied to Rafael Benitez in order to secure his 2010 move to Anfield.
Rodriguez joined the Reds on a totally free transfer from Atletico Madrid 10 years earlier, going on to score 17 goals in 73 appearances during a two-and-a-half- year remain on Merseyside.
Nevertheless, the Argentine has actually now exposed that he “told a little lie” about his language abilities in order to seal the offer, with Benitez keen to bring English-speaking players to the club.
“Rafa told me that it was very important for everyone to speak English in the dressing room. He asked me if I knew how to speak the language and I said ‘yes, of course, stay calm’,” Rodriguez is priced quote as stating by The Mirror.
” Naturally, I didn’t desire the settlements to stop working so I informed a little lie. There was a press conference and Rafa informed me he would speak first and then I would continue when I got here in England.
” That was when I got him and stated ‘look Rafa, I need to admit something to you. I do not understand English. The only thing I understand is how to state hi’. Rafa stated ‘you’re a kid of a b ****.’ We were both laughing and later on I discovered how to speak English.
“I was very good at Atletico. I was the captain and I knew the city very well. But English football drove me crazy and I wanted to play there.”
Rodriguez, who commemorated his 39 th birthday in January, is currently still playing in his native Argentina for Newell’s Old Boys.