Liverpool Flop Desperate to Stay: Should Rafa Keep Him?

Benitez leaves door ajar for troublesome forward!

Sports - September 22, 2007

Ukrainian striker Andriy Voronin figured in Liverpool’s opening pre-season friendly against St Gallen and impressed boss Rafa Benitez.

The 29-year-old is back in the squad after a year-long loan at Hertha Berlin.

Benitez said: “He did really well in Germany last season, scoring plenty of goals, and he has told me that he wants to stay at the club and fight for his position.

“I have told him that will be difficult with Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard as our first-choice strikers. But he realises this and the players we have in the squad.

“But he also knows that this club always plays more than 60 games a season and that means there are opportunities. He will fight for his place.”

Benitez added: “Voronin is doing well. Last pre-season he also did really well for us and then when he went on loan he had a very good season in Germany with Hertha Berlin.

“He has game intelligence, which is something we are always looking for.

“At this moment he is a Liverpool player. But it depends on him, he is continuing to work hard and is playing well so he will have a chance.

“It is good to have him back. When we signed him we were looking for a player who could play ‘between the lines’ as a second striker with quality.” (

I am sure many Liverpool fans had expected to never see Ukrainian Andriy Voronin in action for the club again but it appears that after a successful stint in the Bundesliga he is raring to go and desperate to prove his doubters wrong, but is it too little to late?

Everyone knows that the former Levekusen star had some rather disparaging things to say about life in on Merseyside and those statements coupled with a less than convincing first season saw the attacker loaned out to Hertha Berlin where he was instrumental in the teams unexpected battle for the title.

Does Voronin have it within him to really force a way back into the team or will he simply be Carling Cup fodder?

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