Manchester City record-signing Sergio Aguero has revealed his affection for Liverpool, but stopped short of saying he was a genuine supporter of the Reds.
The Argentina international secured a £38 million switch from Atletico Madrid from City last week, and will fulfil a long-held ambition of playing in the Barclays Premier League.
Aguero does, however, have a soft-spot for Liverpool - which will surely be quickly forgotten by City fans - and was particularly impressed by the Merseysiders during the famous 2005 Champions League triumph.
Liverpool fought back from three-goals down against AC Milan during that night in Istanbul, and went on to triumph in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.
And Aguero was fully behind the Reds as they heroically fought their way back into the glorious encounter; cheering every Liverpool goal in the process.
“I used to like Liverpool and remember watching their Champions League final,” Aguero told ESPN.
“I cheered every goal as they made their comeback. So yes, I liked Liverpool, but to say I was a fan is a bit too strong.”
Meanwhile, Aguero has seen himself compared to Argentinian legend Diego Maradona - perhaps, in part, because he is married to the great man's daughter.
The young striker, however, rejects claims that he is similar to Maradona, although is flattered by the comparisons.
"I can only smile because these guys just don't know what they are saying," added the 23-year-old.
"Diego was a one-off, the all-time great who can never be matched. I know I can play, but do not say I'm the new Maradona.
"He was a magician with a ball at his feet, a leader, a total inspiration to him team-mates. No one, I repeat no-one, could have transformed Argentina and Napoli like he did all those years ago."
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