MAXI RODRIGUEZ paid a warm tribute to Liverpool fans after bringing the curtain down on his Anfield career to sign for Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina.
The 31-year-old midfielder, who scored 17 goals in 73 appearances for the Reds, is returning to his homeland on a free transfer.
In an open letter to supporters, Rodriguez said: “Before signing for LFC, I just saw the club as one of the greatest institutions in football. After my time here I can confirm that this is not just a great club but also a great family.
“I have tried to give everything every day that I was wearing the LFC crest. It has been a great honour to defend this shirt during two and a half years.
“I am returning home with a suitcase full of great memories, good friends within the team and also within this great family that works every day in the club.
“Thanks a lot for your support. You can not imagine what a great honour it was for me when the Kop sang 'Maxi, Maxi Rodriguez runs down the wing for me da da da da dada...”
Rodriguez established himself as a fans’ favourite following his switch from Atletico Madrid in January 2010 and will be fondly remem-bered for his hat-tricks against Birmingham and Fulham.
Family reasons coupled with a desire for more game time led to him requesting a move and new Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers had to admit defeat in his battle to convince him to stay.
In a statement the club said: “Everyone at Liverpool FC would like to thank Maxi for his contribution to the club and wish him all the best for the future.”