Rafa Benitez praises Maxi Rodriguez

LONDON – Rafael Benitez, Liverpool manager said that Argentina’s Maxi Rodriguez, new player on his team, has all the attributes necessary to succeed in the Premier League and that is a footballer “a matter” which is he looking for the Anfield club.

“We were looking for players with character and a good mentality. And Maxi is a player with personality,” said Spanish coach at Liverpool’s website.

In the view of Madrid, Maxi “can play in three positions-by the right, left or as a second striker,” and considers it “someone with a very positive mindset, which is what the club is looking for.

“(Maxi) feels comfortable with the ball, passes well and can keep possession. Arrives well in your opponent, score goals and is a good finisher. Each year marks between five and fifteen goals from the right side of midfield” he said.

Benitez admitted that Maxi “was not doing as well as it did in the past at Atletico Madrid,” but added that he “is doing very well with Argentina and want to impress to be in the World Cup.

In addition, the Liverpool manager said that Maxi will be an asset to meet his compatriot Javier Mascherano, mate selection, and the Spanish Fernando Torres, who agreed with Atletico Madrid.

“I think we will adapt to English football because it’s a very smart player and knows how to put on the field. It’s a matter of adjusting the pace of the game and need some time, but with those players (Mascherano and Torres) it will be easier for him” he said.

Benitez added: “I’ve been talking with him and is very happy to come here. I have told him what we expect of him and he is ready for the challenge.”

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