Burnley scored at 12.06pm yesterday (the sixth minute of a midday kick-off), the earliest that Liverpool have conceded a goal since Kevin Campbell scored at 12.05pm against... Sterling clipped the ball past the Watford keeper and the stadium erupted but the celebrations were cut short as the lineman raised his flag for offside.
Sterling was well offside as he ran on to a ball from Sergio Aguero, but an attempted intervention from Daryl Janmaat proved critical, with the defender's attempted clearance rebounding off Sterling before looping into the net.
Yet if the opener was debatable, there was no argument about the other two as Sterling made it 15 league goals for the season.
"I am so sorry and I apologise to Javi (Gracia) and to Watford if the first goal is offside, but we were incredible".
The run-in to the end of the season looks set to be a tight battle between the Citizens and Jurgen Klopp's side and, as quoted by BBC Sport, Guardiola said after Saturday's victory: "It is nearly impossible if we go ahead in all competitions not to drop points".
There was no argument about Sterling's second as he simply tapped in a Riyad Mahrez cross from close range after he was left alone by the goal line.
Pep Guardiola's side got themselves a 3-2 victory in Germany and whilst they're very much the favourites, and would be even if the scores were level, the UEFA competition has shown it can spring up a surprise occasionally.
Harry Kane put Tottenham ahead with his 200th career goal for club and country as Spurs dominated the first half, but Southampton turned it around after the break through quickfire goals from Yan Valery and James Ward-Prowse.
"We know how big the task ahead of us is with big games still coming up and hard games against any team". "I am so, so, so disappointed".
"For me, he is one of the best wingers in the world. It's about complacency, it's about arrogance in a bad way".
"It is so complicated, there are no spaces - just the talent of the players that we have".
Fellow strugglers Brighton & Hove Albion also had reason to cheer as a dazzling individual goal from Anthony Knockaert sealed their 2-1 win at fierce rivals Crystal Palace.
Huddersfield and Fulham can probably begin planning for life back in the Championship next season.