This well-travelled striker appeared to have lost his way as his ‘dream move’ to Liverpool in 2007 failed to deliver the rewards neither player or club would have wanted, with Voronin cast by the English media as a mercenary eager to lap up his lavish contract rather than seek first team football elsewhere.
A season on loan at Hertha Berlin preceded his permanent move away from Anfield and he has been doing all he can to convince Ukraine coach Oleh Blokhin and anyone who cares to listen that the reputation that was tarnished during his spell in England is not justified.
“I was never given a fair chance at Liverpool, that’s clear,” argues the former Bayer Leverkusen striker. “The manager (Rafael Benitez) had lots of nice things to say about me before he arrived, but then he did not back it up by giving me opportunity to play.
“For me, this difficult chapter is closed now and the big ambition in front of us is Euro 2012. If I can be successful in this tournament, the negative things people said about me when I was at Liverpool will be forgotten.”