Highly favoured PFA player of the year potential nominee, Raheem Sterling scored a brace for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Three Lions of England forward, Raheem Sterling was the star of the ocassion as his brace inspired Manchester City to the win.
Gabriel Jesus netted in the 90th minute to confirm the win for City as Palace threatened to get a draw from the match.
Manchester City were on the frontfoot from the word go.
Raheem Sterling wasted a golden opportunity to put City in front in the 10th minute missing from close range after being brilliantly set up by David Silva.
Sterling would make amends five minutes later however.
Sterling found the top corner and he was on hand to convert Leroy Sane’s driven cross in the 63rd minute.
Sergio Aguero’s injury will be the major concern for Pep Guardiola and the minor concern would be lack of a clean sheet for his side.
Luka Milivojevic’s 81st-minute free-kick gave Palace hopes as they began to pressure City.
Gabriel Jesus’ precise finish guaranteed all three points for Guardiola’s side.
Sterling’s second came from a fluid City move.
Silva and Aguero combined on the left to free Sane and when he fired the ball across the box, Sterling turned it in at the back post despite a slightly scruffy contact.
Jesus ended any hopes of a Palace fightback at the death, De Bruyne leading a clinical counter-attack to set the Brazil striker up to beat Guaita at his near post, although the offside flag should have been raised.
The win sees Manchester City move ahead of Liverpool with Klopp’s side facing Chelsea later on.
A Champions League clash against Spurs in few days up next for the Citizens while Palace face Arsenal next.