City's £22m man: Beating Liverpool the most important evening of my life...

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Stevan Jovetic made a name for himself against Liverpool almost five years ago - and is ready to strike again.

Stevan Jovetic was one of the most prized pieces on the transfer market last summer, heavily linked with Arsenal and Juventus before landing at Manchester City for £22 million.

The distinctive striker earned a reputation as one of Europe’s brightest young stars at Fiorentina, though injuries have hampered his progress at Eastlands so far.

Fitness issues have limited him to just nine Premier League appearances - two starts - but the 24-year-old got on the scoresheet in a 13 minute cameo against Southampton at the weekend.

After months of speculation of any early exit from Manchester, things seem to at last be looking up for the former Viola talisman.

This just when City face their greatest challenge yet in the race for the title - rampaging leaders Liverpool at Anfield.

And Jovetic knows a thing or two about getting one over on the Merseysiders.

In September 2009 the Montenegrin tore the Reds apart in the Champions League group stage - scoring a brace for Fiorentina to down Liverpool 2-0 at the Artemio Franchi.

The performance has since been hailed as an announcement of his talent to the whole of Europe. And the moment’s significance hasn’t escaped Jovetic.

“We played Liverpool in the Champions League and I scored both goals in a 2-0 win,” he reminisced ahead of Sunday’s contest.

“Up until now, that is still the most important evening of my life.”

Up until now - Jovetic seems to have his eyes fixed on another Liverpool scalp.

It’s unlikely he’ll be handed a start in such an important - game given his lack of consistent minutes - but is certainly angling to at least get his chance off the bench.

And if opportunity presents itself, Jovetic says he’ll be ready.

“I have been fit for the last four games, but played in the first one against Fulham, was on the bus for the next two, and then played and scored against Southampton.

“I am fit and feel good every time I play. I am ready, and I know I can do very good things for this club."


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