I have to say that I was disappointed to hear Milan Jovanovic’s revelation that he felt joining Liverpool was a mistake. In normal circumstances I would be happy to see the back of any player displaying that kind of attitude, but in the case of Milan Jovanovic I can’t help but feel a bit sympathetic towards him. When he was first linked to us I must admit to not knowing too much about him, but after a bit of research plus watching him at the World Cup I was glad to have a player of this type on board and held high expectations for the man nicknamed ‘The Serbian Snake’.
It is fair to say that things haven’t gone to plan for the former Standard Liege hitman since his move to Anfield, and it is now inevitable that he will be allowed to leave in the summer. I’m not saying that we’re losing a great player here but simply that I don’t think anyone can say Jovanovic has been given a fair chance to succeed at Liverpool. It’s funny because on paper he seems to have exactly what we’ve desperately needed for much of the season, especially during the Roy Hodgson days.
Milan Jovanovic is a very direct forward with good pace and decent dribbling skills which is effectively what we have needed a lot more of in our play for months. Kenny Dalglish seems to be close to rectifying our sometimes over casual style of play but I still find it odd that Jovanovic hasn’t had much of a look in since Hodgson was let go. If anything, I expected Kenny Dalglish to utilise Jovanovic a lot more than his predecessor did. One thing I liked about Jova was that he always seemed to have that element of surprise. Being the unknown player from the Belgian league made him dangerous in a way and I was hopeful that he would eventually become the ace up Liverpool’s sleeve.
I’m guessing that with Jovanovic it may simply be one of those cases where us on the outside aren’t aware of how much a player is possibly struggling behind the closed doors of the football club. Regardless of his attributes, it seems that Milan Jovanovic is just not cut out to be a star at Liverpool, but I do wish him well with his future endeavours and I fully expect him to be back on top of his game for his next club. From our perspective however, let’s just hope that his departure doesn’t eventually come back to haunt us.
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