Nwosu Chizoba David
The 40-year-old posted an emotional message via social media on Friday night to confirm the conclusion of an outstanding playing career.
Maxi emerged from the academy at Newell’s Old Boys in his home country, Argentina, before spells in Spain with Espanyol and then Atletico Madrid.
He moved to the Reds in January 2010 and stayed at Anfield for two-and-a-half years that included 73 appearances and 17 goals.
Rodriguez, who became a fan favourite during his time on Merseyside and remains so, memorably netted two hat-tricks in a fortnight – against Birmingham City and Fulham – at the end of 2010-11.
The versatile attacker was also part of the squad that lifted the League Cup under Kenny Dalglish in February 2012 with a penalty shootout win over Cardiff City at Wembley.
The Argentina international departed the club in the summer of that year to return to Newell’s Old Boys, with whom he played the remainder of his career – aside from a two-season spell at Penarol.
“The moment that I never thought would arrive finally came, or that moment that as a football player we don’t want to get to. The moment of closing my career as a professional,” said Maxi.
“It is a very difficult decision to make, but at the same time I am very calm with it. There were many years of my career and I think I gave myself to the fullest and I completely emptied myself. I have nothing more to give.”