Belfast Telegraph

Best to come from Jovanovic

Liverpool new-boy Milan Jovanovic insists he has far more to offer the Anfield outfit than he has shown so far.

The Reds are still finding their feet under Roy Hodgson and following Sunday's goalless draw at Birmingham, currently find themselves in the wrong half of the Premier League table.

"I was happy with how I played against Birmingham but I know I can do better," the striker told the Liverpool Echo.

Star man Fernando Torres is coming under scrutiny for his lacklustre displays but Jovanovic accepts others must make a bigger contribution too.

The 29-year-old Serbian international is yet to score since his summer move from Standard Liege, but he insists it is a situation he does not expect to continue for much longer.

He added: "I am disciplined and trying to build an understanding with the other players.

"I am not in the best form and I can play better than I have shown so far. But I know I can score goals and make assists for this team. I am sure I can."

Hodgson has already pleaded for patience as he tries to galvanise a side that had slipped to seventh by the end of Rafael Benitez's final season in charge and Jovanovic shares the sentiments.

It might not be easy without spending huge sums of money Liverpool do not currently have access to, but, ahead of Thursday night's Europa League showdown with Steaua Bucharest, he is convinced life will soon start getting better for the Anfield giants.

"It is going to take time because there are a lot of new players," he said. "But if we keep getting the ball to Stevie (Gerrard), we will be much better. I have no doubts that we will climb the table."


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