By Jove! Jovetic gives Liverpool a hair-raising fright

September 30, 2009

He looks a bit like Screech from that U.S show “Saved by the Bell”, but there is nothing clumsy about Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic.

With a glorious crop of shaggy hair, the Montenegro striker destroyed Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday with two first-half goals that probably even shocked the Florence faithful.

The 19-year-old was thrown in at the deep-end with Alberto Gilardino suspended but responded in stunning fashion. Can anyone remember Liverpool being so overrun for 45 minutes?

If he wasn’t already, Jovetic will definitely be on the big clubs’ radars now.

The famous win for Fiorentina, fourth in Serie A last year, came at just the right time for the club. Things had been difficult with their president resigning last week while poor Adrian Mutu is still fighting against his enormous fine following his sacking by Chelsea.

It was also a glimmer of hope for the embattled Italian game after two years of flops in the Champions League.

Inter Milan racked up seven Champions League games without a win in the 1-1 draw at Rubin Kazan but they did battle hard after going down to 10 men.

Juventus visit the might of Bayern Munich later while AC Milan and coach Leonardo desperately need a win at home to FC Zurich after a dreadful start to the campaign which owner Silvio Berlusconi has, half-jokingly, labelled a “disaster”.

Could Jovetic’s showing be just the boost they all need?

PHOTO: Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic (R) challenges Yossi Benayoun of Liverpool during their Champions League soccer match at the Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence September 29, 2009. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

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Truly true that Artemio Franchi hides the curse of the Premiership clubs. Nothing to do by Rafa as they was stunned by unbilievable bravery of the Violet Warriors. Anyway, The Reds still can progress to the knock-out phase for sure…

I guess he also looks a bit like the cricketer Ryan Sidebottom. Some Italian media have likened him to Baggio but I don’t reckon that hair would go in a ponytail…

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive

Surely that picture could be used in a funny caption competition, i just cant think of anything witty enough to put underneath it..

Posted by maid | Report as abusive

I actually think Benayoun’s pose is more amusing than Jovetic in that pic

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive

Agreed, Mark. :) But on the football side of things, I have no idea among the results from yesterday’s Champions League action which is more surprising to me: Inter’s draw away at Rubin Kazan or Fiorentina beating Liverpool.But still, such unpredictability is needed when the current format in the Champions League is criticised. And also…’It was also a glimmer of hope for the embattled Italian game after two years of flops in the Champions League.’Especially when there is a possibility that Germany could overtake Italy’s UEFA co-efficient rankings probably by next year, there is still hope after all.But I am torn though, considering I do watch the Bundesliga myself after the Premier League…Stuttgart’s draw yesterday is not really helping matters in the co-efficient rankings. Then there is also Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg in action later today.

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Serbian media quote him as saying the Viola fans are comparing him with Roberto Baggio. Jovetic showed what a gem he would turn into when he started at Partizan Belgrade a few years ago.

Posted by Zoran | Report as abusive

It wasn’t just a ‘fright’ that he gave Liverpool – it was more like a lesson in clinical finishing and a defeat for them. Perhaps Rafa should turn his attention to him and snap him up, considering the lack of finishers in the team now.