Raheem Sterling highlights Manchester City ‘togetherness’ amid winning run

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Raheem Sterling believes Manchester City’s squad unity has been the key to their winning run.

Pep Guardiola’s side restored their three-point advantage at the top of the Premier League table as a 2-0 victory away to Burnley on Wednesday night made it 13 wins on the bounce in all competitions.

But Guardiola acknowledged after the match life will only get more difficult for City now as they begin a tough run of fixtures away to Liverpool on Sunday.

Sterling, who got the second at Turf Moor shortly before half-time after Gabriel Jesus’ early opener, said the players would not change their mindset for the game.

“It’s togetherness,” he said. “You see how difficult it’s been for, not just us, but everyone. It’s about grinding results out and that’s what we’ve been doing.

“Going into that one (Liverpool game) it’s the same as (at Burnley). We’ll try to keep our focus and go for the win.”

City will make the trip to face Sterling’s former club with history against them, having not won at Anfield in the league since 2003, but the respective form guides suggest they should be favourites.

Liverpool v Manchester City
Manchester City’s last win at Anfield came with a brace from Nicolas Anelka back in 2003 (Martin Rickett/PA)

Burnley were the side to inflict the other Anfield defeat two weeks ago, but they gave City no such problems at Turf Moor in what turned into a routine win for Guardiola’s side.

“The more you win, the better you feel and that’s what we’ve done,” Sterling added.

“We knew exactly what they [Burnley] would bring to the game being physical, second balls and putting balls in the box, and I thought the boys at the back dealt with them really well.

“It’s good to get another win and keep another clean sheet. We’ve been on a good run and we need to continue that now.”

Burnley v Manchester City – Premier League – Turf Moor
Pep Guardiola’s side have won 13 consecutive games in all competitions but he said the bigger challenges are still to come (Martin Rickett/PA)

“After scoring early, we were struggling a bit to break the lines, with the first pass,” Guardiola said.

“The second half was much better. The first 15 or 20 minutes (after the break) were the best and in the last 15 or 20 minutes we passed the ball without the intention to attack.

“Sometimes you don’t want to waste more energy, but it was a good result.

“Burnley away, everyone knows how difficult it is. We didn’t concede again and created clear, clear chances so in general I’m satisfied. We rest, then the next one.”

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