Guardiola: Sterling can cope with hostile Anfield crowd

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that Raheem Sterling is mature enough to cope with a hostile Anfield crowd when he faces former club Liverpool on Sunday.

Two years ago the England international was jeered before being substituted at half-time during his first game back at Liverpool following his £49m move to Manchester City.

Sterling also received similar harsh treatment from Reds' fans as he endured another difficult match at his old ground last season. But this time things could be different with Sterling enjoying the best form of his career ahead of the Premier League leaders' trip to Merseyside, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

The 23-year-old has been one of the key figures in City's outstanding start to the campaign and has 18 goals to his name, already seven better than his previous best in a club season.

-Normally when this kind of reaction happens it is because he was loved by the fans.I understand completely but it is not the first time he has gone back. I think it is the second or third time, Pep said.

City is 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League, and may be able to afford a slip-up, but Guardiola views the contest as a stern test of his side's credentials.