Rodgers wants Maxi Rodriguez to stay at Liverpool

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is hopeful of persuading Maxi Rodriguez to reject the chance to return to Argentina and instead remain at Anfield, believing that the Argentina international has a part to play next season, ESPN has reported.

Rodriguez had been linked with a return move to Newell’s Old Boys, his first club, but the 31-year-old has a year remaining on his Liverpool contract and Rodgers hopes to utilise the former Atletico Madrid winger next season, claiming Rodriguez understands the style Rodgers hopes to implement.

The new Liverpool manager admitted he understood why Rodriguez was keen to return to Argentina, pointing out that the player has struggled to learn English, his family would be more comfortable in Argentina and Rodriguez was frustrated last season at playing only sporadically. But Rodgers added that he will speak with Rodriguez again and believes he could play an important part in the team throughout the next campaign.

Rodgers 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 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.

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