Manchester: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini heralded Stevan Jovetic's perseverance after the Montenegrin striker scored twice in the Premier League champions' 3-1 win at home to Liverpool on Monday.
Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic (in blue) shoots to score against Liverpool during an EPL match in Manchester on Monday. Pic/AFP
Jovetic (24) endured a frustrating debut campaign at City, with injury and illness restricting him to only 11 league appearances. "He was very unlucky last season, but we never had any doubt about his quality," Pellegrini said.
"I'm very happy for him, because after such an unlucky season, he deserves to start this season the way he's playing. Not only for his goals. Stevan was working the whole game, without the ball also."
Jovetic told Sky Sports: "There are so many beautiful moments now, after so many problems last year, but I don't want to think about that as it's the past."
Man City's Sergio Aguero scored one of the fastest goals in EPL history within 23 seconds of coming on for Edin Dzeko on 69 minutes.
City's Pablo Zabaleta gifted Liverpool a consolation goal late on, diverting the ball into his own goal after goalkeeper Joe Hart had managed to keep out a Rickie Lambert header.