Milan Jovanovic Admits Joining Liverpool Was Mistake, Wants Move to Italy or Germany


April 20, 2011

Milan Jovanovic's career at Anfield got off to quite the inauspicious start, as the manager who signed him left the club prior to the Serbian forward's arrival.

Under Roy Hodgson, Jovanovic made seven league appearances, and since Kenny Dalglish has been at the helm, he has made just two — and none since Feb. 12., when he came on as a late substitute against Wigan.

Jovanovic, widely expected to seek a summer exit, confirmed that sentiment on Wednesday, according to Sky Sports.

"If I'm completely honest, I must say that I regularly think about this," Jovanovic said. "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."

Jovanovic went to Anfield on a free transfer from Belgium's Standard Liege, a place where he felt far more comfortable.

"Liverpool is such a different place," he said. "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."

Jovanovic did say that he believed coming to Anfield was too good of an opportunity to pass up, but things didn't go according to plan.

"Liverpool is of course a club which you can't refuse," he said. "My only regret is, that the coach, who brought me at Anfield, left the club even before my arrival. "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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