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Maxi Rodriguez reveals how he told Benitez lies to seal Liverpool move: You son of a b***h!

Maxi Rodriguez says he lied to Rafa Benitez about his ability to speak English in order to secure a move to Liverpool.

The former Argentina international moved to Anfield from Atletico Madrid in 2010 after blossoming in La Liga.

Prior to the free agent switch, Rodriguez assured Benitez that there would be no problems with the language barrier.

"I was very happy at Atletico because I was the captain and I knew the city, but I was always crazy about English football," Rodriguez told former team-mate Juan Pablo Sorin on Instagram live.

"Rafa told me that it was very important that everyone spoke English in the changing room. "He asked me if I could and I said 'yes,' to be calm. Of course, I didn't want the transfer to collapse!

"We arrived in England and I had the press conference. He [Benitez] said he would start and then I would follow.

"It was then that I grabbed him and told him, 'Look Rafa, I need to confess: I don't speak English.The only thing I can say is hello'.

"I didn't want the transfer to move to fall through! He replied: 'No, you are a son of a b——.'

"We both laughed and then, well, I then had to learn!"

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