Sterling's delight as Man City leapfrog 'brilliant' Liverpool

Manchester City thrashed Southampton to return to the Premier League summit at the expense of Raheem Sterling's former club Liverpool.

Manchester City's Leroy Sane, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling   -  Getty Images

Raheem Sterling declared Manchester City's 6-1 Premier League victory over Southampton an important one after "brilliant" title rival Liverpool drew with Arsenal a day earlier.

Sterling reached 50 goals for the club after scoring a brace that helped City to a dominant triumph, with Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Leroy Sane also among the goals.

The win moved City two points clear of Liverpool, which was held to a 1-1 draw by Arsenal on Saturday, and Sterling was pleased to take advantage after his former club slipped up.

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"After Liverpool dropped points it was important that we won. They are a brilliant side. I thought it was a great team performance. Not just with the ball. We were brilliant at times," the England forward told BBC Sport.

Sterling unselfishly squared for Sane in second-half stoppage time to allow the Germany international to score City's sixth, and he said the winger often does the same in return.

"Leroy is always a man who looks up for me. He always has his eyes open. I was on a hat-trick, but I am happy to set one up for him. I am grateful for the position I am in, learning and trying to get better. It is great times at the moment," said Sterling.

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Sane's goal was his third of the season and his second in three Premier League matches, but he admitted there was an element of luck involved.

"I was lucky at the end with the goal. I tried to score in the game, but the whole team was really strong," said Sane.

"You can see we're keeping going with how we play from last season, we enjoy playing together. It was important to be top."

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