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Transfers that ruined careers: Milan Jovanovic to Liverpool

Transfers that ruined careers: Milan Jovanovic to Liverpool - Transfers that ruined careers

Liverpool’s transfer business during Roy Hodgson’s brief reign in charge of the club was pretty questionable wasn’t it Reds fans?

The likes of Christian Poulsen, Danny Wilson, Raul Meireles and Paul Konchesky all arrived at Anfield and ultimately failed to impress yet there was one signing in particular that to this day is seen as a disastrous move for both club and player.

Milan Jovanovic’s career as a footballer was arguably at its peak when the Reds came calling in 2010. The Serbian had played an integral role in delivering four major honours in just two years at Standard Liege and with his deal expiring at the club, he decided to choose Liverpool as his next destination.

Despite reported rumours circling that he was about to cancel his agreement to join the club following Rafael Benitez’s resignation in the summer (according to the Telegraph), Jovanovic decided to move to Merseyside in a choice which he must see as a huge mistake looking back now.

A disastrous season for the club saw him drift in and out of the side, making just ten appearances in total in the Premier League where he incidentally failed to score a single goal. In fact, the only time he found the back of the net domestically with Liverpool was completely overshadowed by his side’s embarrassing exit from the League Cup at the hands of League Two side Northampton Town at Anfield.

After a number of poor results, Hodgson was replaced by Reds legend Kenny Dalglish half-way through the season, a decision that ultimately ended Jovanovic’s career in England. The Scottish manager’s choice to purchase both Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll in January 2011 saw the former Standard Liege forward ostracised by Liverpool who eventually sold him to Anderlecht.

Although his two-year spell for the Belgian side was a tad more successful than his time with the Reds, Jovanovic’s awful season with Liverpool had ultimately transformed into a player who was a shadow of his former self.

After failing to agree a new contract with Anderlecht in 2013, he decided to quit professional football at the age of 33, bringing an end to what was an eventful career for the Serbian.


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