Maxi rejoins Old Boys
Maxi Rodriguez became a fans' favourite despite struggling to hold down a regular starting place
Midfielder Maxi Rodriguez has left Liverpool to rejoin former club Newell's Old Boys in Argentina.
The 31-year-old never established himself as a regular first-team starter after joining from Atletico Madrid in January 2010 but he still managed some stand-out performances. The Argentinian, a fans' favourite if not one with the three different managers he had at Anfield, wrote an open letter to supporters.
"Dear Reds, I am leaving Liverpool FC today," it said."Before signing for LFC, I just saw the club as one of the greatest institutions in football. After my time here I can confirm that this is not just a great club but also a great family."
Rodriguez scored 17 goals in 73 appearances, the highlights being two hat-tricks in the space of a couple of weeks against Birmingham and Fulham in 2011, while last season he scored in two victories over Chelsea in quick succession at Stamford Bridge.
He added: "I have tried to give everything every day that I was wearing the LFC crest.
"It has been a great honour to defend this shirt during two and a half years.
"I am returning home with a suitcase full of great memories, good friends within the team and also within this great family that works every day in the club.
"Thanks a lot for your support. Hasta la vista."
A statement from the club read: "Everyone at Liverpool FC would like to thank Maxi for his contribution to the club and wish him all the best for the future."
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A true professonal, always gave his best for L.F.C. never winged and conducted himself in a respectful manner. We all wish him the very best for himself and family. Thank you Maxi.
As to his reasons for leaving, it has to be seen he is in the twilight of his career and he obviousley thought it was the right time to return to Argentina, his and his family's country.
Brendon is building for the future ( a 21 year old in + an honourable departure of a 31 yr old). Things MIGHT just MIGHT be getting better." Hasta la vista Max, come back and see us sometime".
Just a quick point, Brendon Rogers is not English.
Iron Eddie pathetic comment.
We all look forward to the day you stop using crayons