Raheem Sterling has neted third hat-trick of the season as Manchester City swept Brighton 5-0 in the Premier League encounter at Amex Stadium on Saturday night.

Pep Guardiola’s side had lost their three previous away league games, including a defeat at Southampton last Sunday, but they never looked like suffering another slip-up on their return to the south coast.

Sterling got Manchester City up and running in the 21st minute, curling an effort beyond the dive of Mat Ryan before Gabriel Jesus added dethroned Premier League Champions second just before half-time.

Kevin de Bruyne pulling the strings, although a 19th league assist of the season eluded him after fired a free-kick against the post after half-time and it was his driving forward run that led to Riyad Mahrez crossing for Sterling to head home City’s third goal at the far post.

Moments later it was 4-0, when Mat Ryan spilled Bernardo Silva’s shot and the Portuguese followed up to tap home.

Sterling, whose previous hat-tricks came against West Ham and Italian side Atalanta, had the final word in bizarre fashion when he chased a pass into the area and saw the ball bounce off the back of his head and cross the line as he was challenged by Ryan.

Brighton were completely outclassed and did not manage a single shot on target.

Sterling has scored 27 goals in all competitions for Manchester City this season – this is his best scoring season in his career.

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