Andrei finally leaves Anfield
Ukraine striker Andriy Voronin has joined Dinamo Moscow on a three-year deal to end his disappointing spell with Liverpool.
The 30-year-old had returned to Anfield this season after spending the last campaign on loan at Hertha Berlin.
But he failed to establish himself in Rafa Benitez’s side, despite Fernando Torres’ injury problems.
Voronin scored just five league goals for Liverpool and made 40 appearances for the club in all.
“The transfer of Andriy Voronin can be considered accomplished,” said Dinamo sporting director Konstantin Sarsania.
“We are delighted that such a strong player has joined Dinamo.”
Voronin met his new coach Andrey Kobelevb on Saturday and put pen to paper on his deal.
Voronin said: “I had options for continuing a career in Germany, and several in Russia, but eventually opted for Dinamo.
“I liked the professional approach of the leaders of the Moscow club during the negotiations, and I also liked the conversation with the head coach Andrey Kobelev.
“Our views came together. Dinamo have set high goals. I’m interested. I believe the Russian league is of a very good level.” (BBC Sport)
With Andrea Dossena gone and now Andrei Voronin on his way to Dinamo Moscow, it seems Anfield is finally ridding itself of the deadwood that had infested its squad. One can only hope the likes of Degen, Itandje (yes he is still on the payroll) and Ryan Babel are not far behind forming an orderly queue at the Liverpool exit.
Andriy Voronin’s move to Liverpool has proven a colossal waste of time and energy, we signed up the striker from Bayer Leverkusen after waiting a few months for his deal to run out at the Bundesliga side and one can only imagine why we even bothered now. After two and a half years at the club the Ukrainian has lurched from one poor performance to the next with a successful period on loan at Hertha Berlin just annoying all those who were hoping the 30 year old could replicate his German form back on Merseyside.
Apparently we got £1.8m from the Russian side and we should count ourselves lucky we managed to get even that for the woefully impotent striker who was more style over substance who’s occasional good touches masked his inability to put in complete 90 minute performances of any note.