Liverpool flop Andiy Voronin retires from football aged 35

The Ukrainian most recently played for Dinamo Moscow.

In 2007 Liverpool snapped up Ukrainian forward Andriy Voronin on a free transfer from German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen.

The attacker arrived at the club with a good reputation and record from his time in Germany. He scored plenty of goals for Leverkusen and Mainz before heading to Liverpool where, in all honesty, it never quite happened for him.

His position was never clear at Anfield. Was he a striker, winger, second striker, attacking midfielder. He never quite fitted in to the dynamic at the club. After one uninspiring season he was loaned out to Hertha Berlin before spending an even less inspiring last six months at the club after that deal ended.

In January 2010 he left the club, joining Dynamo Moscow of Russia, where he remained until last summer.

Now, the Liverpool flop, who spent part of last season on loan at Fortuna Dusseldorf, has announced his retirement from the game.

He told the media in Ukraine, as reported by UkrInform:

"It's hard for me to report it, but I have ended my soccer career. The decision was not easy for me to make. My immediate family advised me on the matter and I also had a serious conversation with my agent."

The 2011 Ukrainian footballer of the year ends his playing career with 74 caps for his country, scoring eight goals. Interestingly enough he never played football in Ukraine. He left his hometown club Chornomorets Odessa in 1997 for Germany and never returned.

Unfortunately for Voronin however he will forever be known in English football as yet another Ukrainian flop, just like Sergei Rebrov at Spurs or Andriy Shevchenko at Chelsea, who never quite cut the mustard at Liverpool FC.

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