EXCLUSIVE: Maxi Rodriguez on his way to Liverpool FC

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 08:  Maxi Rodriguez of Atletico Madrid gestures during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Atletico Madrid and FC Porto at the Vicente Calderon stadium on December 8, 2009 in Madrid, Spain.

Rafa Benitez has signed long-term target Maxi Rodriguez from Atletico Madrid, according to sources inside Liverpool FC.

The Reds boss was linked with a swoop for the winger back in 2008 but has now secured a deal to bring him to Anfield on a short-term loan with a view to a permanent transfer.

The deal is perfect for cash-strapped Liverpool as Rodriguez, out of favour at Atletico, is out of contract in the summer and would not command a fee.

The 35-times capped midfielder, who has hit 30 goals in 107 appearances for Atletico, is desperate for first-team football to secure his place in Argentina’s World Cup squad.

He will link up with fellow countryman Javier Mascherano on Merseyside.

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