The lie Maxi Rodriguez told Benitez in order to join Liverpool

Posted Wednesday, April 01, 2020 by

The lie Maxi Rodriguez told Benitez in order to join Liverpool

Maxi Rodriguez earned the wrath of Rafa Benitez early on in his Liverpool career after having to admit that he lied to the coach in order to seal the move.

The Argentine joined the English side from Atletico Madrid after informing Benitez that he was able to speak English and that integrating into the dressing room wouldn't be a problem.

"Rafa told me it was very important for everyone to speak English," Rodriguez said on Instagram Live.

"When he asked if I could I said 'yes, of course, don't worry'.

"I didn't want negotiations to fall through so I told a little lie.

"But when I arrived there was a press conference.

"Rafa told me he'd speak first and then I would take over.

"That's when I grabbed him and told 'look, Rafa, the only thing I know how to say is hello'."

Despite being initially annoyed, the coach did see the funny side of things.

"Rafa said 'you're a son of a b****'," Maxi explained.

"But we were both laughing about it and after that I learned how to speak English."

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