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