With Germany midfielder BASTIEN SCHWEINSTEIGER (7) of Bayern Munich a step behind, Serbia striker MILAN JOVANOVIC (14) of Belgian club Standard Liege storms down the pitch during the 2010 World Cup Group D match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Jovanovic was the only one to get his name on the scoresheet as Serbia defeated three-time world champion Germany 1-0. (Michael Steele/Getty Images Europe)
It is now official — English Premier League club FC Liverpool have signed Serbia World Cup striker MILAN JOVANOVIC from Standard Liege of Belgium on a free transfer.
Jovanovic formally inked a three-year deal for Liverpool and becomes the first-ever signing for the new coach of the Reds, ROY HODGSON. The 29-year-old will be paid at the rate of 40,000 English pounds per week for his services at Anfield.
Jovanovic was named the Player of the Year in Belgium for the 2007-08 campaign and won the Golden Shoe for Standard Liege as league top goal-scorer the following season.
A naturally left-footed player, Jovanovic can be utilized up front as a central striker or wide on the left in midfield.
Jovanovic began his professional career in his homeland with FK Vojvodina in 1999 and made 43 league appearances (10 goals) before moving to Ukraine to play for FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer of 2003. But, after making just six first-team appearances (one goal) for Donetsk his first year, the young striker joined Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia. Unfortunately, Jovanovic would find even less playing time in Moscow with just three games played and no goals for Lokomotiv, this over two seasons.
Jovanovic then left for Belgium and Standard Liege, where the Serbian finally found first-team football and success, as well.
Jovanovic was first capped for Serbia against Finland in 2007 and now has acculmated 10 goals on 29 appearances for his country. Liverpool’s new attacker led Serbia during World Cup qualification with five goals in eight matches. Jovanovic did score the lone goal in the dramatic upset of Germany, but Serbia failed to make it past the first round at the final tournament in South Africa.
MILAN JOVANOVIC’s league record in Belgium first division :
2006-07 — Standard Liege — 29 app – 14 go
2007-08 — Standard Liege — 31 app – 16 go
2008-09 — Standard Liege — 30 app – 12 go
2009-10 — Standard Liege — 26 app – 10 go
Jovanovic also added six goals on 24 appearances in four years of European football for Standard Liege.