I’d love to keep Maxi – Rodgers

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he hopes that Maxi Rodriguez will stay at Liverpool, but that “sometimes there are issues that surround that.”

Maxi has been linked with a return to Argentina, with Newell’s Old Boys, since January. Newell’s secretary Pablo Morosano said earlier this week: “We are waiting for news. There is ongoing contact and we have a deal agreed with him.”

Maxi’s style of play is one that seemingly aligns to how Rodgers wants his Liverpool team to play, the boss said;

“I have known about Maxi for a long time. He is experienced, a very good player and he will understand 120 per cent about the way I want us to play.”

“I would like him to stay, but sometimes there are issues that surround that and I understand that – which is why I am speaking to him now.

“But I would love to have him here, I think he is a very good player. Whether it was starting or coming off the bench, he would be very good for our squad, because he understands what we want.”

Maxi was a peripheral figure last season under Kenny Dalglish – despite having the best goals to game ratio in the squad – and Rodgers has also explained how the Argentinian midfielder how difficult life on Merseyside has been for him;

“He doesn’t speak the language, it has been difficult for his family, so if a player like him wanted to leave, it would not be because of the club.

“I have had a couple of real good conversations with him. I know his thoughts and how he is thinking.

“It was a difficult season for him and he probably felt he should have played a lot more. We will hopefully see where he is at over the next couple of weeks and find a solution.”

The 31 year old joined from Atletico Madrid in January 2010, under Rafa Benitez. He has made a total of 73 appearances for the Reds, scoring 17 goals.

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