Stevan Jovetic delighted to finally kick-start his Manchester City career
Man of the match Stevan Jovetic was delighted to score a brace as Manchester City claimed a 3-1 victory over Liverpool. The 24-year-old striker netted in each half as City moved up to third in the Barclays Premier League table with maximum points from their opening two matches.
He said: "Liverpool are one of the teams (aiming to) win the Premier League and we knew that and I think today we played very well and at the end we won and it was an important victory for us."
Team-mate Samir Nasri reiterated the importance of the three points against one of the Premier League big guns.
He said: "I think every game that we play at home against a team from the big four is (worth) six points and you have to make a statement of intent in those kind of games."
Jovetic admitted he was pleased to put last season's troubles behind him and is only looking forward at the Etihad Stadium.
He added: "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, but I just want to enjoy with this team with these players and to win as many titles as we can.
"It's difficult (to remain in the starting XI) I know that, but my job is just to go out onto the pitch and do my best. And then he (manager Manuel Pellegrini) decides."
City boss Pellegrini praised goalscorers Jovetic and Sergio Aguero, who came off the bench to score in their opening 2-0 win over Newcastle.
He said: "He (Jovetic) was very unlucky last year as he had so many injuries, it was difficult to play three games in a row, but he was patient and worked a lot to come back and I'm very happy for him – he deserves it.
"I told Sergio before the game that he wasn't playing from the beginning, but every time he come on he makes a difference, the last game against Newcastle also."
Glen Johnson sustained a thigh problem in the second half but Reds boss Brendan Rodgers had already used his three substitutions, before – to make matters worse for the Reds – Alberto Moreno sustained an ankle injury.
Rodgers said: "Glen looks like he's pulled his thigh.
"We were gathering a bit of momentum there when he had to come off, so obviously in the last 10 minutes when we were down to 10 men it was difficult for us.
"But he's done his thigh and we'll assess that later on tomorrow.
"Moreno – his foot came off the grass onto the astro turf so he twisted his ankle.
"There's a bit of swelling on it now but we'll see how it is in the morning."