After being advised by Anfield medical staff that it was too soon to risk senior players, Roy Hodgson has travelled with an inexperienced squad to Skopje for the Europa League third qualifying round first leg.
Centre of attention: Jovanovic is presented at Anfield with fellow new boys (from left) Joe Cole, boss Roy Hodgson and Danny Wilson
England World Cup quartet Steven Gerrard, Joe Cole, Jamie Carragher and Glen Johnson were among the high-profile absentees after only returning for pre-season training last week.
LIVERPOOL SQUADTeam (from): Cavalieri, Gulacsi, Kelly, Ince, Skrtel, Agger, Wilson, Kyrgiakos, Ayala, Darby, Shelvey, Eccleston, Amoo, Dalle Valle, Aquilani, Lucas, Spearing, Ngog, Jovanovic.
Follow live updates on the game at MailOnline.Pepe Reina, Fernando Torres, Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel are still enjoyingan extended summer break after their exploits in South Africa.
Lucas, Alberto Aquilani, Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Sotirios Kyrgiakos added some experience to a youthful squad.
As well as Jovanovic, fellow new signing Danny Wilson made the trip and is in contention for his first competitive appearance at the Philip II Stadium.
New hero: Jovanovic will be a key man at Anfield
Serbia winger Jovanovic, who signed as a free agent from Standard Liege, is looking forward to playing with Liverpool's megastars - even if he has to wait for now.
'I will try to adapt very quickly at Liverpool because we haven't got much time before the start of the season,' he said. 'I need to be ready and improve every day in training and give my best for this team.
'Liverpool is the most successful team with a great and proud history. This is one of the best clubs in the world and they have great ambitions for the future which gives me great possibilities for my career.
'When Liverpool FC wanted to sign me there was only one club I was going to sign for.
'Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Pepe Reina and Fernando are the symbol of this football club. I expect Fernando will stay and that is fantastic news.'
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