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Jovanovic Deserves A Better Chance Roy

Liverpool won Group K of the Europa League with a 1-1 away draw with Steau Bucharest last night. Roy Hodgson opted to give youth its chance again in this competition, they did enough to garner a commendable point in Romania.
Milan Jovanovic scored a very impressive headed goal on 19 mins following a lovely cross by the enigmatic Ryan Babel.

Steau attacked for much of he game thereafter , as they had to at home in front of their own fans and desperately needed the points as they try to qualify for the knockout stages of this tournament. The equaliser arrived in the second half when Pepe Reina, Captain for the night, allowed a tame header slip between his legs and go across the line to make it 1-1 on the night.
So, all well and good, we top the group and qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League with young players getting chnces to shine for the team.

However, I have one gripe with Roy Hodgson and that is his reluctance to use Milan Jovanovic more often in the first team. The guy is a good player, he scored 69 goals in 153 games for Standard Liege, was named Belgian player of the year in 2008 and won the Golden boot in Belguim in 2009 with 16 goals in 29 games, so the Serbian knows how to find the back of the net and I would dearly love to see Roy Hodgson start him upfront alonside Fernando Torres more often.

He has the pedigree, the ability and the desire to be a success at Anfield. Give him a chance Roy.

Submitted by Friends oF Liverpool

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Nav

    December 3, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I agree!! And he is a strong character with Liverpool values – his refusal to play for Serbia until playing regularly for Liverpool proves this. I wish Roy used him upfront with Torres or in the hole behind the striker. Ynwa

  2. Jay Wright

    December 3, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Co-signed – Hodgson thinks that he hasn’t got a squad because he just sticks with the same underperforming players; win, lose or draw.

    Kuyt, Maxi and Cole have failed consistently – both individually and as part of the team – without facing any consequences (as long as they’re fit, they play and they don’t deserve that status!) – Get Babel and Jovanovich in for a run ffs

  3. Want to help your team- TRY SUPPORTING THEM!

    December 3, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    He might get a chance now but Jovanovic has been very poor in every other game he has played this season, as has Babel as has Pacheco… Open your eyes. Other players haven’t exactly been amazing but they have certainly been better than the above mentioned players.

    • Redbiz

      December 3, 2010 at 12:32 pm

      He should play upfront with torres behind,it would give a good balance left foot and right. He played wide again and hardly ever ran forward checking back on most occassions,showing that it he is not comfortable in that position. Babbel on rightwing(if any manager will give him the chance) would give pace as he does not look comfortable upfront.

      • Want to help your team- TRY SUPPORTING THEM!

        December 3, 2010 at 1:41 pm

        Yeah would like to see this see if he can do a job up there.

  4. Gab

    December 3, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Jovanovic and Babel have been bad in every other game so far this season and Kuyt and co have not? Didn’t Babel score and get subbed at half time earlier in the season? Other players have not been amazing, that is an understatement. Presumably, when we were 19th in the table, Jovanovic and Babel were putting in performances that would have seen us 20th in the table, which is why they don’t deserve a chance.

    • Want to help your team- TRY SUPPORTING THEM!

      December 3, 2010 at 5:41 pm

      Are we 19th now? NO, Did Jovanovic play in 6 of are first 7 games this season? YES,

      I would like to see him and Babel given a chance but not at the expense of trying to build a solid team. Its great to see these players reacting with a good performance last night but one goal against steau and Trabzonspor doesn’t automatically mean they are going to be able to cut it in the prem I’m just suggesting we need abit of caution. There is a reason Hodgson has choosen not to play these players up till now, he works with them everyday if he see’s the improvement in their games I’m sure he will start to consider playing them.

  5. Si

    December 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    ‘He might get a chance now but Jovanovic has been very poor in every other game he has played this season, as has Babel as has Pacheco… Open your eyes. Other players haven’t exactly been amazing but they have certainly been better than the above mentioned players.’

    Babel, Pecheco or Jovanovic have not had a serious run in the side… Babel started a couple of consecutive games once and admittedly did not do himself any favours, but these players need to have at least a 10 game run to have any chance to establish themselves in the first team… If we can give players like Lucas & Kuyt a chance then we should certainly be giving players with obvious ability a chance too!!

    • Want to help your team- TRY SUPPORTING THEM!

      December 3, 2010 at 1:53 pm

      Very true but think about the tottenham game thought we played some really good football were really unlucky not to have won. I think the person we need to give a chance is Hodgson, I’ve heard alot about giving players more of a chance (Aqualini another year for example) I just feel this courtsey has to extend to the manager also (he’s been at the club for a much shorter period than alot of these players). He does watch these players everyday in training and he is giving them a chance in the Europa league (Rafa often wouldn’t even play Babel in lesser games). In terms of Pacheco would love to see him play more but its always difficult for a young player coming into a struggling team, think we are getting closer to where we need to be and hopefully he will be given more of a chance then.

      Don’t disagree with anything you’ve said just think that Hodgson is trying to find a solid team to start off with.

  6. Chan

    December 3, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    We are talking about clueless Roy, remember? The only reason this mid table manager is at our club is due to the chaos brought by our former cowboy owners and our equally clueless and gutless new owners refuses to sack Roy. I had said from the beginning, nothing is wrong with our squad, just the manager.

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