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Raheem Sterling ahead of Liverpool clash: We can beat anyone at our best

Raheem Sterling is excited for Thursday night’s clash between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium, the outcome of which could reignite a title race threatening to get away from City or make it a truly uphill struggle.

City are 7 points behind Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side after a difficult festive period blighted by injuries and wonder goals against the Blues, but are a team with such quality they can never be ruled out.

And Raz believes when they’re at their best, City can beat anyone in the world.

“If we can play the way we know we can play, we can beat anyone,” said Sterling. “It’s going to be a great game on Thursday and we’re all ­looking forward to it.”

Pep Guardiola’s men had another tough away day at the weekend against Southampton, but showed character to win 3-1 in a game where the pressure was really on. Sterling noted the importance of that win.

“It was massive to win and we knew we had to win to give ­ourselves a chance.

“It’s a massive step and just what we needed. We had two poor games and we knew we needed to win to give ­ourselves a chance and we did just that. Our previous two results were difficult to take and I thought we bounced back ­brilliantly.

“I think we owed it to ourselves and as a team to bring that level we know we can bring.”

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