Rodríguez fits bill at Anfield

Liverpool FC boss Rafael Benítez hailed Maxi Rodríguez's "character and mentality" after signing the Argentina winger on a free transfer from fellow UEFA Europa League hopefuls Club Atlético de Madrid.

Maxi Rodríguez salutes the crowd at Anfield ahead of Liverpool's FA Cup meeting with Reading
Maxi Rodríguez salutes the crowd at Anfield ahead of Liverpool's FA Cup meeting with Reading ©Getty Images

Rafael Benítez hailed Maxi Rodríguez's "character and mentality" after Liverpool FC signed the winger on a free transfer from fellow UEFA Europa League hopefuls Club Atlético de Madrid.

Versatile option
The Argentinian international, 29, has penned a three-and-a-half year deal at Anfield after passing a medical, and will wear the No17 shirt subject to international clearance. "I know he was not doing as well as he did in the past at Atlético, but he is doing really well with Argentina and wants to impress ahead of the World Cup," said Benítez. "He can play on the right, left or as a second striker. He is good at getting into the box and is a good finisher. Every year he gets five to 15 goals from midfield." Restricted to two in eleven Liga appearances this season – although he did score four against UD Marbella in the Copa del Rey in November – Rodríguez could make his Liverpool debut on Saturday when the Reds visit Stoke City FC.