It seems as though Maxi’s form coincides with the way in which the team perform. When Liverpool are playing well, the Argentinean impresses, however, on the other hand, when the Reds are struggling, Maxi is an anonymous figure on the pitch.
He has undoubtedly performed at a higher level this season than the last six months of last season and has given us some memorable moments in the meantime, not least his last minute winner at Bolton. However, despite that, Maxi has still to hit the form we know he is capable of performing at, often frustrating Reds fans along the way with his generally lackadaisical wing play.
Nobody can complain at the fact that just over 14 months ago Liverpool didn’t pay a penny for the services of a player who has been capped 41 times by his country and had previously made well in excess of 200 appearances in Spain’s top division for both Espanyol and Atletico Madrid. Nevertheless, Rodriguez earns a pretty hefty weekly wage and you can only help but feel that if he is not pulling his weight in a Liverpool shirt, the board would be more than happy to get him off the bulky wage bill.
Maxi has the necessary experience required to handle the tough demands of Premier League football, however, it remains to be seen whether the Argentinean has the ability and fitness to keep up with the speed and power of top flight English football.
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Opinions are mixed on the midfielder. With most fans, feelings are a bit hit and miss; some love him and think he merits a place in the Liverpool team, whereas some would rather see him warm the bench until he is shown the door in the summer.
For me, he is worth his place in the squad. He would be an effective substitute in tight games in which we are struggling to create chances. If, as expected in the summer, Dalglish delves into the transfer market for a quality winger or two, I can see Maxi having a battle on his hands to get any game time under his belt at Anfield but if he takes his chance when they come he could provide the type of competition that may drive us onto success.
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