Luka Milivojevic Uneasy Playing Centre-Back for Palace But Insists He Will Do it for the Team

Monday July 24th, 2017

​Crystal Palace's ​Luka Milivojevic has admitted he felt uncomfortable playing centre-back in his side's pre-season game against West Brom, but insists he will play wherever is needed for his team. 

The Serbian lined up in a makeshift back three alongside Damien Delaney and Martin Kelly during his side's third place play-off Asia Trophy match, leaving fans worried they would leak goals. 

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The Eagles came out 2-0 winners thanks to a stunner from the 26-year-old, clinching third place - but after the game Luka admitted that he felt strange playing deeper than his normal midfield role. 

"I’m happy that I scored a free-kick but first of all I am happy because we won in the end and the team played well, so we are travelling back home with smiles.

"He [De Boer] tried me there when we played a game against each other and it was a position that I was playing for the first time in my life.

"I don’t feel very comfortable there but I am there for the team and I will try and give my best for them, but my position is as a midfielder. I think I did OK but hopefully in the future I will play as a midfielder!"

The Serb added that his side enjoyed their time on tour in Hong Kong, noting that it has been a good experience for the team. However, the distance travelled and adverse weather meant he and his teammates had trouble sleeping. 

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"I have enjoyed it as it is my first time here but I found it very difficult to adapt to the weather and the time difference. We have been here now for six days and I think I’ve only slept well for two nights – the other nights I maybe slept only a few hours.

"It’s not only me, the other players have too and the weather hasn’t been too good either but we have had good preparations here and it has been a success."

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