Sergio Aguero grabbed a hat-trick as Manchester City thrashed Chelsea 6-0 and leapfrog Liverpool again to top spot in the Premier League on goal difference on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men maintain the advantage of a game in hand, but City look determined to become the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League.
Chelsea on the other hand slip to sixth with the scale of the defeat sure to raise further doubts over Sarri’s future.
A 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth in their last away game was Chelsea’s heaviest league defeat since 1996.
And this was their worst loss in any competition since 1991 after failing to recover from Sterling’s fourth-minute opener.
Eden Hazard went to sleep from Kevin de Bruyne’s quickly taken free-kick and Bernardo Silva had acres of space to cross for the England international to fire home.
Pep Guardiola fell to the floor in disbelief when Aguero somehow side-footed wide with his easiest chance of the game moments later.
But the Argentina striker made amends in stunning fashion by blasting into the top corner from 25 yards to double City’s after just 13 minutes.
Aguero had a simple task to make it 3-0 six minutes later when he pounced on Ross Barkley’s loose header towards his own goal.
And Gundogan’s shot from the edge of the area had too much power for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to compound Chelsea’s woes.
At the other end, Gonzalo Higuain was unfortunate not to score his third goal in as many league starts for Chelsea when Ederson turned over his dipping volley five minutes before the break.
It was back to normal service at the restart and Aguero missed his first chance to seal a second hat-trick in two games when he headed against the crossbar.
But when Sterling was too quick for Cesar Azpilicueta and chopped down by the Spaniard inside the area, Aguero coolly slotted home from the penalty spot to move level with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah as the Premier League’s top scorer on 17 for the season.
Aguero went off to a standing ovation moments later, but there was more to cheer moments later as substitute David Silva’s pass opened the visitors for the sixth as he picked out Oleksandr Zinchenko whose cutback was turned in by Sterling.