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Jovanovic rues Reds move

Milan Jovanovic has spoken of his regret at joining Liverpool, with the forward claiming he is in a "lonely place".

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Jovanovic moved to Anfield from Standard Liege last summer but he arrived only after the man who had sanctioned his capture, Rafa Benitez, had left the club.

The Serbia international has made just one start since Kenny Dalglish took the reins in January. Jovanovic is likely to be moved on in the summer and it seems it won't come soon enough for the player.

Asked if he regretted moving to the club, he said in the Liverpool Echo: "I must say 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 didn'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 stressed that he believed the departure of Benitez had been the key factor in his failure to settle at Anfield.

"My only regret is that the coach who brought me to 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 made a mistake."

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