Ilkay Gundogan scored two second-half goals as Manchester City claimed a top-flight record-equalling 14th successive win in all competitions with a 4-1 victory at Liverpool.
City were handed an opportunity to break the deadlock on 37 minutes when Sterling drew a foul from Fabinho, but Gundogan fired his penalty over.
Gundogan made amends for his miss four minutes after the restart, lashing in the rebound after Alisson parried Phil Foden’s shot.
Liverpool equalised on 63 minutes, Mohamed Salah making no mistake from the penalty spot with a thumping finish after the Egyptian had been fouled by Ruben Dias.
But Man City struck three times in 10 minutes to secure victory.
Gundogan was played in by Foden to convert from close range after a defensive mix-up on 73 minutes before Sterling’s diving header from a poor Alisson clearance made the score 3-1.
Foden completed the scoring in style with a sizzling strike as Pep Guardiola claimed his first win as a manager at Anfield.
City move five points clear of second-placed Manchester United and with a match in hand. Liverpool remain fourth, 10 points behind City.
Premier League pundit Michael Owen wrote:
“Full credit to Manchester City, it’s a very good performance. A missed penalty as well and still scoring four at Anfield doesn’t happen very often. Liverpool have got the problems but you have to hold your hands up to City; they’re a phenomenal team on a phenomenal run. Not just the Premier League, they could win all four this season. It’s not just one hand on the Premier League, it’s almost two.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said of the match: “It’s not our day but big parts of the day were very good from us; we played brilliant football. City changed their system in the second half and we didn’t give enough options. We gave the first goal away, and gave them too much opportunity. They scored that goal, we scored the equaliser. We were good again but then made two massive mistakes that is clear. If we play football like we did for a long time tonight then we will win football games, 100%”