Liverpool cut down by the long and curlies

He may possess a set of dentures that would put Ronaldinho to shame and a curly mop that would shame Kevin Keegan in his heyday, but there is nothing unattractive with the way Stevan Jovetic plays football.

That’s Stevan, not Steven as in Gerrard – who was left in the shade by the wispish teenager on an evening where the cream of English football were given a lesson in rapier-like, attacking football.

Stevan heaven indeed, with a brace coming at the end of swift, slicing moves that carved their way through the Liverpool defence for Jo-Jo to provide the dagger to the heart as coolly as a Machiavellian assassin.

Adrian Mutu may give off the air of an extravagant, Renaissance dandy, but he's burdened with a debt that no man could pay, be it to Chelsea or anyone else.

So it’s the street urchin who has stepped out of the shadows to steal the show.

Still a teenager until November, the bargain buy from Red Star Belgrade has taken his chance this season, with Mutu’s mind elsewhere.

The devilishly cunning Cesare Prandelli give the Montenegrin the freedom to roam wherever he felt and then allowed the player’s natural confidence and joie de vivre to shine through.

It hasn't always done so, when players behind him haven't worked diligently enough.

But when the likes of Cristiano Zanetti and Marco Dondel put in the hard yards, the shaggy No.8 reaps the benefits.

Such was the case last night when Jovetic gave early warning of his ability by firing off two long-range shots before skipping around a number of tackles to set up another chance.

It was the second goal that demonstrated his almost flawless footwork as he artfully flicked out his right foot to divert a low cross into the far corner of the net.

In hindsight, it may have been the moment where the world fell at the rangy youth’s size eights.

No doubt Real Madrid took notice and of course, the replay would have been flashed across the screens in England.

Fiorentina have yet to tie him to an improved contract, which seems to be the way with Italian clubs who hedge their bets like a skint gambler until they are certain they are on to a sure winner.

They will need to put their shirts on the rising star now – offer him a whack of money and they will recoup it by the end of the season if the Viola decide to sell, which would seem the wise thing to do seeing as the Della Valle family are heading back to the cobblers.

In the meantime, Serie A’s newest quick-footed dribbler has got Italian fans dancing with delight again – and especially those in the fine city of Florence.

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