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Ex-Liverpool winger Maxi: Why Rafa called me 'a son of a b****'

Former Liverpool attacker Maxi Rodriguez has spoken of his original move to Anfield.

Maxi, 39, now plays for Argentine club Newell's Old Boys.

On Liverpool, he recalled: “Rafa told me that it was very important for everyone to speak English in the dressing room.

“He asked me if I knew how to speak the language and I said 'yes, of course, stay calm.'

“Of course, I didn't want the negotiations to fail so I told a little lie.

“When I arrived in England, there was a press conference and Rafa told me he would speak first and then I would continue.

“That was when I grabbed him and said 'look Rafa, I need to confess something to you. I don't know English. The only thing I know is how to say hello.

“Rafa said 'you're a son of a b****.' But we were both laughing and afterwards I learned how to speak English.

“I was very good at Atletico. I was the captain and I knew the city very well.

"But English football drove me crazy and I wanted to play there."

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