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Jovetic hungry for more

Published 26/08/2014 | 15:51

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Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic is eager to make up for last season's disappointments

Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic is hungry for more after his match-winning double strike against Liverpool.

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The Montenegro international is determined to make up for lost time and make his mark with the champions after an injury-ravaged first year at the club.

Jovetic managed just six goals in 18 appearances after his £22million move from Fiorentina last term but is now looking sharp after playing a full part in pre-season.

He underlined that return to form and fitness by setting up City's 3-1 win over Barclays Premier League title rivals Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Monday with the first two goals.

Jovetic said: "I was happy with pre-season and against Newcastle I played well but didn't score.

"Now I have scored two but I am going to forget this because in five days we have another game against Stoke and it won't be easy.

"This was a victory for the group, the team, and three points is the most important."

Jovetic pounced on a defensive error by Liverpool debutant Alberto Moreno to fire City ahead after 41 minutes.

He doubled the lead by rounding off a fine move 10 minutes into the second half and Sergio Aguero came off the bench to add City's third after 69 minutes.

Liverpool pulled one back with a late Pablo Zabaleta own goal but City had underlined their superiority by then and the potential significance of a win over last season's runners-up was not lost.

Jovetic told City TV: "It was a great game against a big team like Liverpool.

"I think we played very well and at the end this was a game of six points.

"I think Liverpool are going to be back for the title. It is important when you play against them to beat them."

Zabaleta, who could do little about the own goal as Rickie Lambert's header cannoned back into him off Joe Hart, was impressed with Jovetic's contribution.

Jovetic missed out last season as Aguero, Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko thrived but Zabaleta believes he can really shine this time.

The Argentinian said: "I can see him playing really well even in training. He is doing great during the week. He is very hungry to play games this season and score goals.

"We know we have four strikers in the team. We have a very strong squad.

"I think this is great for the team because we are going to play a lot of games this season and I think the manager will rotate players during the games.

"I think we need all of them in a good moment. For the strikers it is always important to score goals because it will help them to have more confidence."

Aguero's goal came just 23 seconds after he was introduced and was his second as a substitute this term after striking against Newcastle in City's opener.

After suffering a series of muscle injuries in the second half of last season and another at the World Cup in the summer, Aguero's return to action continues to be managed by manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Pellegrini still considers last season's top scorer to be in pre-season and is not rushing him back into the starting line-up.

Aguero said: "I am feeling better. I'm training good and feeling good.

"I wish to continue like this as I haven't done a proper pre-season for ages."

City were due to assess a thigh injury suffered by Dzeko following a clash with Liverpool's Martin Skrtel but Pellegrini said after the game the problem was not serious.

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