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Dalglish: It's hard to leave Maxi out

Kenny Dalglish has admitted Maxi Rodriguez is becoming increasingly hard to leave on the bench on account of his impressive goalscoring record.

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Maxi has scored 10 goals in his last nine starts - but since the arrival of Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson at Anfield has struggled to establish a place in Liverpool's starting XI.

Having been restricted to just two Premier League appearances this season, the Argentina has made the most of his opportunities - scoring in his last two games - in the Reds' Carling Cup and league wins over Chelsea.

Maxi scored a hat-trick the last time Liverpool played Fulham, and Dalglish could be tempted to call upon the services of the former Atletico Madrid man for Liverpool's trip to Craven Cottage.

"I'm tempted to play Maxi in every game," Dalglish said. "He has a fantastic recent goalscoring record. He is an intelligent footballer and he must have been some player five years ago when he was in his prime. He might be getting a bit towards my age now but he is still a clever player. He knows how to play and he knows how to finish.

"Maxi is someone that you admire. A lot of people can look at him and also learn from him. Maxi and Bellers (Craig Bellamy), along with Carra (Jamie Carragher), are the elder statesmen. The way they look after themselves, the way they train and the way they prepare themselves, they are a great example to everybody.

"Maxi's just an intelligent footballer who understands the game on and off the pitch. The same as everybody should do. The squad is more important than the individual. If they are given an opportunity, there's not one of them that won't go on to the pitch and do their best. That's all we can ask for. Maxi epitomises that. He has made a contribution."


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