Ukrainian striker Andriy Voronin has signed for Liverpool on a four year contract, the club have confirmed.
The 27-year-old international arrives from German side Bayer Leverkusen on a free transfer.
Voronin has spent most of his career in Germany playing for Cologne, Mainz and Borussia Monchengladbach.
The signing of Voronin, may signinfy the end of former England striker Robbie Fowler’s Anfield career. The 31-year-old has barely figured for Liverpool this season, although he did make a rare start on Saturday, scoring twice from the penalty spot in the 4-0 victory over Sheffield United. His contract expires at the end of the season and there have been no indications from manager Rafa Benitez that he will be offered a fresh deal.
“He (Fowler) is a really good finisher, still the best we have, and I sometimes think that if we could have Bellamy running at defenders and carrying the ball 20 yards, then turning into Fowler with the goal in sight, it would be perfect,” the Spaniard told the club’s website.
“If you create chances for him, you know you can rely on his finishing and that is a very important quality to have.
“We have four very good strikers, all with different skills. You can make the most of Peter Crouch’s aerial ability, Dirk Kuyt works hard between the lines and Bellamy runs behind defences.
“We can talk about Robbie’s future at a later date but, if he scores every time he plays over the next few months, you never know.”