Player profile

Maxi Rodriguez

Birthdate: 2 January 1981
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
Other clubs: Newell's Old Boys (1999-2002), Real Oviedo (loan 2001), Espanyol (2002-05), Atletico Madrid (2005-10), Newell's Old Boys (2 / 2012-)
Bought from: Atletico Madrid
Signed for LFC: 12.01.2010
International debut: 08.06.2003 vs. Japan
International caps: 46/14 (6/2 at LFC) - 15.10.2013
Liverpool debut: 16.01.2010
Last appearance: 13.05.2012
Debut goal: 25.04.2010
Last goal: 10.04.2012
Contract expiry: 13.07.2012
Win ratio: 54.79% W: 40 D: 15 L: 18
Games/goals ratio: 4.29
Honours: League Cup 2012
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 1 / 1
LFC league games/goals: 57 / 15
Total LFC games/goals: 73 / 17

Player profile

Maxi Rodriguez was born and brought up in Rosario by his grandparents and mother as his father had abandoned the family. It was a struggle but Maxi was a strong character and first came to prominence with local club Newell's Old Boys. He played for the club for three seasons, scoring 20 times in 59 league matches, before moving on loan half a season to second division Real Oviedo in Spain. He starred for Argentina in the 2001 World Youth Championship, scoring four goals, including one in the 3-0 win over Ghana in the final. A year later he moved permanently from Argentina to La Liga's Espanyol in time for the 2002/03 season. Maxi's reputation grew in Barcelona and he earned himself a transfer to Atletico Madrid in 2005. After a good opening season, injury restricted him to just ten league matches in his second campaign. By this time he had already come to the attention of his international manager and was included in Argentina's squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where he showed the world what he could do with a sensational extra-time winner as Argentina defeated Mexico. Atletico Madrid and Liverpool were placed in the same Champions' League group in the 2008/09 season. Rodriguez scored Atletico's goal in their 1-1 draw at Anfield but Rafa Benítez was already aware of the player's capabilities. Liverpool made their move in January 2010 and Maxi was introduced to his new home public before Liverpool's FA Cup replay with Reading in the middle of the month. The 29-year-old who could operate both in midfield and on the wing proved to be a good squad player. The manager showed great faith in the Argentinian by starting him in 13 fixtures between 6 February and 2 May 2010. In the World Cup in South Africa Maxi made four starts and one substitute appearance as the double World champions reached the quarter-finals.

Used sparingly by Roy Hodgson, the Argentinian was more of a regular under Kenny Dalglish. He came to prominence towards the end of the 2010/11 season with a flurry of goals, scoring seven times in three successive Premier League matches including hat-tricks against Birmingham City and Fulham. He made twice as many first-team appearances as he did in 2009/10. Ten goals in 35 matches showed his ability to arrive in the nick of time from midfield to finish off a well-worked attack. Even though Maxi only appeared in just over 40% of Liverpool's first-team matches in 2011/12, he again proved that he had an eye for a goal, scoring twice in away matches at Chelsea in the League and the League Cup in November and then scoring twice at Blackburn towards the end of the season, a total of six goals in 17 starts.

On 13 July 2012 Maxi returned to his first club, Newell's Old Boys, in his hometown, Rosario. On the same day Maxi addressed Liverpool's supporters in an open letter: "Dear Reds, I am leaving Liverpool FC today. 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. 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. You can NOT imagine what a great honour it was for me when the Kop sang, 'Maxi, Maxi Rodríguez runs down the wing for me da da da da dada...' Hasta la vista!"

Maxi played in twelve first-team matches for Newell's during the second half of the calendar year of 2012; and he also continued to be selected regularly when the Torneo Final and Copa Libertadores matches resumed in February 2013. In the Torneo Inicial (3 August 2012 - 13 February 2013) Newell's finished second behind Vélez Sarsfield. But  Newell's won the Torneo Final (a competition that ran from 8 February until 23 June 2013) and Maxi won the Best Player in the League award.  He comfortably made Alejandro Sabella's provisional 26-man squad for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil. 

Appearances per season

2009-2010 17000017
2010-2011 28106035
2011-2012 12540021

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

5Blackburn Rovers
5Bolton Wanderers
5Manchester United
4Stoke City
4Wigan Athletic
3Birmingham City
2Manchester City
2West Ham United
2Brighton & Hove Albion
2Newcastle United
1Aston Villa
1Swansea City
1Oldham Athletic
1Exeter City
1Steaua Bucharest
1Sparta Prague
Total Started/substitutions
60 Started
31 On the bench
13 Substitute
34 Substituted

Goals per season

2009-2010 100001
2010-2011 10000010
2011-2012 402006

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

15Premier League
2League Cup
TotalGoal minute period
51-15 minutes
116-30 minutes
231-45 minutes
446-60 minutes
461-75 minutes
176-90 minutes
TotalOpen play/Penalty
17Open play

Wartime Appearances / Goals

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Stats note

Milestone Appearances

116.01.2010Stoke CityBritannia St.League
5001.05.2011Newcastle UnitedAnfieldLeague

Milestone Goals

17425.04.2010BurnleyTurf MoorLeague

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Related Quotes

Maxi is a fantastic player. He's got good movement and as a footballer it's a pleasure to play with good players and that's what Maxi is because he's a fantastic player. He was really fresh and that showed in his performance and he took his goal really well. He has been terrific for us in the last five or six games. It's unfortunate for us he can't play in the Europa League because he is an intelligent player and he can unlock defences.

Gerrard on Maxi Rodriguez

The player was in the squad the following season

SeasonShirt #Position
2009-2010 17 Midfielder
2010-2011 17 Midfielder
2011-2012 11 Midfielder
* Note, Since the 1993-94 season players have been allocated a fixed number.