Roy welcomes striker to Liverpool

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Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has welcomed the arrival of Serbian international Milan Jovanovic after the striker met up with the new boss and his new teammates for the first time yesterday.

Jovanovic joined the squad at their pre-season training camp in Switzerland, going straight from Serbia to join them after resting following the World Cup.

Jovanovic will take the number 10 shirt for the Reds, last worn by fellow free transfer Andriy Voronin, and will challenge the likes of David Ngog for a first team place up front this coming season.

“I’m very pleased we have got Milan,” said Hodgson. “He looks a very keen and enthusiastic player and it’s good to have players who are desperate to play for the club.

“I was not responsible for signing him but I was pleased to hear the club had taken the initiative to get a player like him. I’ve seen him a lot during my time at Fulham and we were watching him.

“He’s a natural wide player who can play through the middle. He’s more of an attacking winger than a wide midfielder and he’s a goalscorer. He scores goals for club and country and I’m sure we’ll get a lot of use out of him.

“He scored in the World Cup, he’s done well with Standard Liege at Champions League level, so he’s no stranger to the big games.

“He only joined us last night, so I don’t think we’ll use him at the weekend. He looks fit, but at this stage I think I’d prefer to use the players we have been working with all through pre-season.”