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He said: "It is hard for the players to ignore the hype surrounding Liverpool's long wait for a title, but the overwhelming majority of them won't let the weight of expectation affect them".

The Eagles will be the underdogs for this clash as they will be playing against a fired-up Citzens side who are aiming to win their second consecutive Premier League title under Pep Guardiola.

The England international's brace and a late goal by Gabriel Jesus sent defending champions City back to the top to lead Liverpool by a point.

"When I was younger you always want to score your first opportunity and sometimes it doesn't happen like that", he said.

"We hope that we can keep going and winning games, helping us to achieve the things that we want".

Sterling has 21 goals for City this season in all competitions and Guardiola praised his capability to shrug off incidents that don't go his way. They missed a golden chance after 10 minutes when Silva did brilliantly to reach the byline and cut the ball back to the unmarked Sterling, who could only roll it past the post.

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But after a few brief moments of panic as Palace got the ball into the City box, the visitors got a hold of the game again, albeit by keeping the ball in the corner.

But the visitors doubled their advantage after 63 minutes, Sterling again on the mark when he coolly converted Sane's angled cross from the left.

"The last three or four games, he's been incredible the way he played", added the City boss "We had missed him a lot". Luke Milivojevic, usually lethal from the penalty spot, lined up a free kick on the edge of the City area and found the bottom corner.

Asked if De Bruyne was close to his best after returning from injury, Guardiola said there is "no doubt about that".

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