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Voronin ready for Reds fight

26 Jun 2009 13:01:09

Voronin ready for Reds fight

Liverpool striker Andriy Voronin has vowed to return to Anfield and fight for his place in the team. Signed on a free transfer from Bayer Leverkusen in 2007, the 29-year-old grabbed just five Premier League goals in his sole season in Rafa Benitez's squad. The Ukrainian then spent last season on loan with Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin and was widely expected to seal a permanent return to German football when the deal expired. However, the success of his spell, in which he scored 11 goals in 20 games, has given Voronin renewed hope of resurrecting his career in England. "It wasn't a bad season in Germany but now I am coming back to conquer England," he told Liverpool Echo. "Liverpool is one of the world's strongest clubs. To play for it is a great honour for any footballer. Benitez is in the market for a striker to challenge first choice Fernando Torres after the sale of Robbie Keane in January, but Voronin believes the Spaniard does not have far to look. "I know it's not going to be easy but I feel ready for a real fight to get into the first choice team," he added. "I'm a person who likes to face new challenges. It's time to prove to myself and to those people who think I can score a lot of goals only in Bundesliga, that it's not so." The striker still has two years remaining on his current deal and is expected to re-join his team-mates for pre-season training on 5th July.


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