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Jovanovic: Liverpool move was a mistake

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 21 Apr 2011


Liverpool attacker Milan Jovanovic has admitted moving to England this season was the wrong decision.

Jovanovic, 30, joined the English Premier League club on a free transfer after his contract at Belgian First Division side Standard Liege expired, but has failed to impress so far in his stint on Merseyside and is still yet to score a goal for the club.

He had initially joined the club when Rafael Benitez was manager, and although he was played under Roy Hodgson, Jovanovic has featured just twice since new boss Kenny Dalglish took over in January.

When asked if he regretted moving to England, Jovanovic told Sportske: “If I’m completely honest, I must say that I regularly think about this.”

“If I would move to Italy or Germany I would be happier than in England – my life would be nicer. And also for my career it would be better to play in Serie A or the Bundesliga.”

“In Belgium I was living in an area where there were so many people from Serbia and my life was different, more dynamic. Liverpool is such a different place. I’m here alone, without anybody. I’m just a very lonely stranger.”

“In my months here I haven’t met anybody from my country. If I wouldn’t have my wife and my kids I just couldn’t speak Serbian with anybody. But Liverpool is of course a club which you can’t refuse.”

Jovanovic feels things would be different for him at Liverpool if Benitez was still at the club and bemoaned his decision to move to England, insisting he had numerous clubs chasing him.

“My only regret is, that the coach, who brought me at Anfield, left the club even before my arrival,” he said.

“If Rafa Benitez would have stayed in Liverpool I believe everything would be different for me.”

“There were 15 other clubs which followed me but I chose Liverpool and make a mistake.”


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