Liverpool flop Andriy Voronin once used the local accents of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher as an excuse for why things didn't work out for him at the club.
In recent years, Liverpool's recruitment has been faultless, but it wasn't always that way as long-haired strikers Voronin and Andy Carroll both struggled to perform in the famous red strip. Unlike Carroll who cost Liverpool a then record £35million, Voronin signed in 2007 on a free transfer, but left three years later after scoring just five Premier League goals.
There are often many reasons that transfers don't work out, and these can also become excuses in other cases. And Voronin joked that his lack of understanding with the Scouse accent played a part, although the striker also admitted that his English wasn't great anyway.
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Voronin has publicly listed a whole list of reasons why his move to Liverpool didn't work out, although his lack of footballing ability was never one of them. Voronin explained his memories of Liverpool to Goal, and said: "Scouse. I understood almost nothing, my English wasn't good anyway. When Carragher and Gerrard talked, I asked them to repeat it in English."
But it wasn't just on the field that Voronin claimed he struggled, it was pretty much everything off it too. Voronin added: "Liverpool didn't suit me as a city overall, even though it has a lot of history to offer, such as the Beatles. My father is a big fan of the band.
"When I told him I had signed with Liverpool, he started crying. I also couldn't cope with the weather and the rhythm of the games without a winter break. I was just travelling and playing, which was very exhausting."
However, although the understanding of Carragher and Gerrard may not have been there, the respect definitely was. Voronin also admitted that he hated facing the Liverpool defender in training, and revealed that he was one of the 'toughest' opponents he had faced.
And Voronin still holds a love for Liverpool, as even though it didn't suit him in the long-term, the Ukrainian did return for a legends game against Manchester United this summer. But the striker was without his trademark ponytail, which shocked the Liverpool faithful.
Liverpool went on to win the match 3-1, with Mark Gonzalez and Luis Garcia getting amongst the goals for the Reds. Voronin wasn't on the scoresheet, neither was he against the Red Devils at any point in his career.
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