The forward helped the home team with an impressive brace, leading his side to a 3-1 victory.
After a relatively uneventful start to the match, Jovetic opened up the scoring just before half-time thanks to a mistake by Liverpool's Alberto Moreno:
Phil McNulty of BBC Sport notes how the Manchester City player was able to take advantage of the misstep by the defender:
Moreno hesitant and Jovetic took full advantage. Liverpool the better side up until that point.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) August 25, 2014
Meanwhile, David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror gives credit to a strong finish to secure the goal:
There was certainly a debate as to which side had performed better going into halftime, but it did not matter once the home squad was able to go into the intermission with a lead. Jovetic was a big reason for this thanks to his all-around play, which went beyond just the goal.
Squawka Football breaks down the full effort from the 24-year-old player:
Stevan Jovetic's Half in Numbers: 92% (23/25) pass accuracy 1 chance created 1 take on completed 1 shot, 1 goal pic.twitter.com/xlGVlthTDz— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 25, 2014
Of course, Jovetic was not finished making contributions in this match. In the 55th minute, he was able to get onto the scoresheet again after scoring on a great pass from Samir Nasri:
2-0 JOVETIC AGAIN! https://t.co/yLUXqEfYZC— ManCityPhotos (@ManCityPhotos) August 25, 2014
Bleacher Report's Adam Hirshfield was one of many impressed with the finish to the play:
Wow, that was glorious from Jovetic.— Adam Hirshfield (@ahirshfield) August 25, 2014
As ESPN FC points out, this continues a fantastic beginning to the 2014-15 season after struggling to get onto the pitch last year:
While earning a starting spot was far from guaranteed, ESPN's Janusz Michallik explains his impact:
Jovetic starts and ends this.— Janusz Michallik (@JanuszESPN) August 25, 2014
The day could have actually been even better with a chance for a hat-trick, although he just missed, as described by Manchester City:
59. CLOSE! It should be a hat trick for Jovetic after some penalty box pinball falls favourably for the striker but he stabs his effort wide— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) August 25, 2014
Jovetic was removed in the 80th minute for Fernandinho, but he clearly had a major impact on the match before coming out.
Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated argues that the young player is finally ready to live up to expectations now that he is healthy:
Jovetic and Lamela suggesting they just needed some time (and health) in the Premier League.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) August 25, 2014
The former Fiorentina star joined Manchester City last season with high hopes, but he was only able to make two starts in league play all year. He totaled 13 appearances and managed three goals and an assist, but he is capable of a lot more.
According to Craig Hope of the Daily Mail, Jovetic recently explained:
I don’t want to speak about last year. I just want to look to the future. I am happy to be here and I know that I am going to be an important player for this club and I am happy to be a part of this team. Of course, I am expecting so much from me this season, I expect to score so many goals.
Based on this performance against one of the top teams in the EPL, it is clear he is ready for a much better year. He can become a consistent presence up front for Manchester City who can both score and create for others.
Adding a player of this ability alongside Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko (who received a knock today, per the club on Twitter), Yaya Toure, David Silva and others, and this club will be extremely difficult to stop.
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